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It was on a Sunday morning 2000 years ago that Jesus kept his end of promise. Jesus came, died and rose again just like he said he would and we celebrate this with remembrance, praise and thankfulness. The modern Easter celebration has become more and more secular. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but decorating Easter eggs, egg hunting and Easter Bunny are common, which have drove Easter away from the domain of Church, to become a more secular holiday. Although we celebrate Easter every year, but how much do you really know about Easter? So here we collected these 10 things you may not know about Easter.
- 1. Orthodox Christian Churches celebrate Easter on a different day because they still follow the Julian calendar, while other Christian churches adopted the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century.
- 2. The word Easter originates from Estre, a Teutonic Goddess of springtime. Pascha, the Orthodox term for Easter, comes from Pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover.
- 3. The 40 days of Lent is symbolic of Jesus’ sojourn in the wilderness of Judea, preparing for his public ministry while being tempted by Satan. There are actually 47 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, but the seven Sundays are traditionally considered days to feast in celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
- 4. Eggs have long been associated with Easter. For a time, they were forbidden during Lent, and then presented at the Easter table, painted red to symbolize joy. Some Christians view eggs as symbolic of the tomb that Jesus left empty. But the concept of eggs as symbols of new life is probably rooted in pagan springtime traditions.
- 5. During the Middle Ages, Christians across Europe would meet on hilltops to watch the sun rise on Easter morning. They rang bells, fired cannons and sang hymns. A similar tradition still exists in Austria.
- 6. Explanations for the Easter Bunny all seem to tie into the old Anglo-Saxon festival of Eastre, the spring goddess, whose symbol was, a rabbit, which represents fertility.
- 7. The hot cross buns, sweet bread lightly flavored with fruits and spices, with white cross represents Christ’s suffering, are an actual pastry traditionally eaten on Good Friday, particularly in Great Britain.
- 8. There is said to be an old superstition which held that wearing new clothes at Easter time meant good luck for the remainder of the year. Starting in the mid-1800s, upper-class New Yorkers along Fifth Avenue would parade and show off their finery, and comes the present-day Fifth Avenue Easter Parade.
- 9. Easter is usually a time of joyous celebration of Jesus rising from the dead. However, in some places, it is also violent celebration, known as the Burning of the Judas. Common in several Latin American nations and in some parts of Greece, the practice involves stringing up an effigy representing Judas and either burning it or exploding it from within with fireworks.
- 10. Legend has it that a Bermudan teacher in need of a simple yet effective way to demonstrate the Ascension of Christ into heaven used a kite decorated with Jesus’ image. As a result, there are colorful, multi-sided kites made of sticks and tissue paper dotting skies all over the island on Good Friday.
Have a wonderful Easter Day!
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