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Mahlcolm McDonald shares a high five with his son, Rowdy, after a successful Easter egg scramble at Sorosis Park Saturday. Rowdy celebrated his second birthday Easter day.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is offering Taizé prayer services during Lent on Sundays at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Fifth and Union streets. Lent, a preparation period in the Christian liturgical calendar leading up to Easter Sunday, is used as a time of prayer, penance and fasting for Christian communities to prepare for the celebration of Easter.

Since the early 1960s, Zion Lutheran Church has celebrated Easter by erecting a stark wooden cross on its lawn at the beginning of Lent, and then decorating it with a riot of flowers the day before Easter.

In true American style, Easter is not only Christianity’s most important holiday but, in the secular realm, a day when an iconic hare leaves baskets of candy for children and decorated eggs are hunted.