Thursday, February 8, 2007
The origin of Easter lie in pre-Christian religions and Christianity. All in some way or another are a "salute to spring," marking re-birth. The white Easter lily has come to capture 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.

Today 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.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is commemorated by Christians all over the world on the feast of Easter. This is the day that marks the end of the Lenten season, the forty-six-day period (excluding the Sundays) that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter, the period of penitence, of sacrifice and repentance, in preparation for the highest festival of the church year.

Why we dye, or color, and decorate eggs is not certain. In ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia eggs were dyed for spring festivals. In medieval Europe, beautifully decorated eggs were given as gifts.

Easter falls on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th.

Basketful Of Easter Wishes !
Send your friends/ family/ loved ones wishes for a Happy Easter with this cute ecard.

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Sunny Spring And A Hoppy Easter !
Send your dear ones this cute ecard to spring out with a warm Easter wish.

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posted by Dave Richards at Thursday, February 08, 2007 ¤ Permalink ¤