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What are Easter / Easter story / Easter history

Easter: ChristianWhat are Easter / Easter story / Easter history The Easter is seen as mostly a Christian festival even though the Easter origins from three different faiths. That is:
  • Christian
  • Hebrew
  • Pagan

Christian

In the Christian tradition the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and three days after he resurrected on Easter Sunday. All the Easter eggs symbolizes the rock which covered the entrance of the cave where they kept Jesus Christ after they took him down from the cross.





The Easter also marks the 40 days of Lent. The Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The lent lasts for 40 days – actually it is 46 days, but Sundays are excluded from the Lent. The last week of the Lent is the Holy Week which starts with Palm Sunday. On that day Jesus entered into Jerusalem. While he entered Jerusalem the people laid palms at his feet. The Thursday in the Holy Week is Holy Thursday – this day was the day of the Last Supper before the crucifixion on the day after (Good Friday).

Christians in the west celebrates the Easter in the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox on 21st of March. Because of that, sometimes Easter starts already in March.

Hebrew

In Hebrew Easter is celebrated with the “pesach” (Passover) festival. It is very important in the Jewish calendar because it is used to commemorate the flight and freedom that the Israelites did from Egypt and slavery. The Passover lasts for 8 days. A lot of the early Christians sees the Easter as a new way of celebrating the Passover festival.

Pagan

The Easter seen from a Pagan tradition says that Easter is derived Ostara or Eostre. This is the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring. She had April as her month – and Easter is as we now always around April.

There are other Pagan traditions that can be seen as having a connection to Easter. One is the vernal equinox also called the Festival of Spring. This is in March and it symbolizes the rebirth of nature following the cold days of winter.

The Easter today has a lot of symbols from Pagan. It is the hare (the Easter bunny) which is a symbol of fertility. The Easter eggs which are colored were in origin used to symbolize the colors of the spring (the eggs where then painted in light colors). The eggs are also a symbol of fertility.







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