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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:34


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Easter is a day that is honored by nearly all of contemporary Christianity and is used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


The meaning of many different customs observed during Easter Sunday have been buried with time. Their origins lie in pre-Christian religions and Christianity. All in some way or another are a “salute to spring,” marking rebirth.


The white Easter lily captures the glory of the holiday. The word “Easter” is named after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. A festival was held in her honor every year at the vernal equinox.


People celebrate the holiday according to their beliefs and their religious denominations.


Christians commemorate Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ died and Easter Sunday as the day that He was resurrected. Protestant settlers brought the custom of a sunrise service, a religious gathering at dawn, to the United States.


On Easter Sunday, children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of candy.


He has also hidden the eggs that they decorated earlier that week. Children hunt for the eggs all around the house. Neighborhoods and organizations hold Easter egg hunts, and the child who finds the most eggs wins a prize.


The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Long ago, he was called the “Easter Hare.” Hares and rabbits have frequent multiple births so they became a symbol of fertility.


The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass.


The Romans believed that “All life comes from an egg.” Christians consider eggs to be “the seed of life” and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Eggs represent the new life that returns to nature during Spring. Early Christians used red colored eggs to symbolize Resurrection.

 


 

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