The winter had been long and hard. People were ready to welcome the arrival of spring. The arrival of Easter was eagerly anticipated. Preparations for the Easter celebration had been underway. The women had spent long hours in the kitchen, baking sweet treats. On Easter morning, the sun rose early. People dressed in their finest clothes. The church was decorated with flowers and ribbons. The service was performed in the church. After the service people spread out onto the streets, chatting and laughing. As the sun began to set, the children gathered in a corner of the square, eagerly waiting for the Easter egg hunt to begin.