You may be in church today, celebrating the Resurrection and singing:

"Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

 "Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!

 "Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

 "Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!"

You could be roasting a lamb shank or slicing a ham.

Stuffing baskets with eggs, chocolate bunnies and Peeps.

Sniffing Easter lilies, daffodils and other flowers of the season.

Regardless of how you commemorate the day — sacred or secular — or ignore it all together, the Easter season and its many traditions and symbols are links to the past

While specific to a culture and a time period, symbols create a thread of sameness from ancient peoples to the present, Jeanne Carrigan, a nun with the Sisters of St. Francis who has taught classes in symbolism, told us in 2012.

"The use of rituals is universal and fundamental," Hester E. Oberman, who teaches psychology of religion at the UA, told the Star in 2012. The rituals and traditions give structure to lives and connections with the past.

"Holidays mark time and transition," Oberman said. "People need to celebrate transition."

Sources: Arizona Daily Star archives