Ritual is the language of ceremony

Between the pandemic and lots of snow, here in the Poconos we are so glad spring has arrived.

The season brings many holidays: Passover, Easter, Holi, Ramadan and Earth Day. They all involve ritual.

Rituals are prescribed actions that represent something important. Another component is that they are often repeated, for example, saying what you are thankful for at Thanksgiving dinner each year, or lighting a candle on the anniversary of a loved one’s death. Specific parts of religious practices are ritualistic— such as the Passover Seder, fasting for Ramadan, and for Christians passion plays or pageants and special Easter Sunday services come to mind.