All About Easter
Jan Harris, Assistant Editor
Easter comes from the Greek/Latin word Pascha or Resurrection Sunday which is a festival and holiday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
This event is recorded in the New Testament and happened on the third day after he was crucified, on the day we now call Good Friday.
Because the Church calendar follows the moon, Easter Day can be on any Sunday from March 22nd to April 25th!
The word 'Easter' comes from two old pagan spring festivals. The old European pagan festival of 'Ostara' that celebrated new life and Arabian Sun festival of 'Ishtar'.
Why the Easter Egg?
The association of Easter with eggs is so ancient that no one knows its origin. But eggs are a symbol of new life and Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. This miracle showed that life could win over death.
For Christians the egg is a symbol of Jesus' resurrection and cracking open the egg is a sign of the empty tomb.
The tradition of decorating hard boiled eggs by painting or dyeing takes place in some countries and is one of the oldest traditions.
Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Churches still practice this today, often favouring red because it is the colour of life-blood. Christians who fasted during Lent, the weeks leading up to Easter, did not eat eggs during that time, so there were plenty spare.
In some countries parents tell their children that the Easter bunny has hidden chocolate eggs and so an Easter egg hunt takes place around the house or garden. Rabbits have been associated with springtime since ancient times.
The Missing Chocolate Egg
Whilst shopping for your Easter eggs have you noticed something missing in both Sainsbury's and Asda?
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Tesco and Morrisons are both selling the eggs made by the Meaningful Chocolate Company. The egg is made from Fairtrade chocolate, sells for £3.99, includes a children's activity book about the Easter story and makes a donation to charity from sales.
What is amazing is that the UK is a Christian country and yet these supermarkets are selling halal eggs.
For more information go to: www.realeasteregg.co.uk
So Happy Easter everyone!
All About Easter, 15th April 2017, 20:36 PM