Happy Easter! 3 April 2010Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Holidays, Symbols.
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DID YOU KNOW?
The name Easter comes from Eastre, an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn. Some of the Easter customs observed today have come from annual spring festivals held in her honour.
Other customs have originated from the Passover feast of the Jews which is to celebrate their deliverance from Egypt. The resurrection of Jesus took place during the Passover.
Since A.D. 325 Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox (first day of Spring). In that year emperor Constantine issued the Easter Rule according to which Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.
There are plenty of Easter symbols and customs which have pagan beginnings:
Lillies have long been a holy symbol of reproduction in many pagan societies. Christians consider the white lilly a symbol of the Resurrection.
The Easter Bunny
The rabbit was the earthly symbol of the goddess Eastre worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons. The symbol of the Easter rabbit was brought to America by the Germans but it was only after the Civil War when other American Christians began to celebrate Easter and recognize the symbol.
The Easter Egg
The egg had long been a symbol of rebirth in many cultures before Easter was first celebrated by Christians. They were boiled with the leaves or petals of flowers to give them different colours.
Nowadays, children have lots of fun trying to find Easter eggs hidden by their parents around the house or in the garden.
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