This is my first Easter in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. I know in North America and in Europe, so much is tied up in Easter being around the beginning of spring. When one thinks of spring in North America, one thinks about baby chicks coming from eggs, the first tender shoots popping out of the ground, and new life all around. People wear their new spring clothes on Easter and of course there is the tradition for wearing new Easter bonnets. Easter is a time of newness in the northern part of the world. The comparison is always made- Jesus goes into the tomb and finds new life and the dead earth suddenly gives forth new life. That is much of Easter understanding in North America.