There are some huge differences between Eastern and Western celebrations of Lent and Easter. The one I noticed in my first Eastern Easter was that there is very little sadness. All sadness is rimmed in joy because we know that Christ is about to rise! We sit in anxious expectation of the moment when the priest comes in and we all sing together:
“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death! And to those in the tombs, He has granted life!”
Yes, Lent is a time of bringing yourself back face to face with your humanity, your sinfulness, and your daily need for a Savior. It is a time to fast, to pray, and to give. It is also a time where we constantly are looking forward to our Resurrected Christ, recognizing that His death is our salvation and His resurrection means life forevermore!
You can even see this in our iconology and hymnology, when compared to the Western parallels (see link below).