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Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

Easter is the earliest Christian festival, celebrating Jesus' resurrection from the grave.

The origin of the word Easter is disputed, but is probably related to the fact that the sun rises in the East. The original name was Paschal, from the Jewish feast of Passover, referring to the Israelites' rescue from bondage when the avenging angel passed over their homes (Exodus 12:1-14), the Israelites' passage through the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17-14:30); and Jesus' passage through death to new life.

Gold is the color for Easter day, marking this day as the "Queen of Feasts." White is also used and is the color for the season of Easter.

Christ Arose

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. It falls between March 22 and April 25. This date was decided at the Council of Nicea in 325. Read more about this here.

In the sixteenth Century, the West accepted the new Gregorian calendar while Eastern and Russian churches kept the Julian calendar, that is why they celebrate Easter on a different date.

Some dates related to Easter are celebrated on the following dates by the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches:

Western Easters are the basis of public holidays, and are the dates celebrated by Western religions.
The Orthodox dates below are based on the original calculation using the Julian calendar, converted to the equivalent date in the Gregorian calendar now in use.

WESTERN EASTER SUNDAY DATES
15 April 199023 April 2000 4 April 201012 April 202021 April 2030 1 April 2040
31 March 199115 April 200124 April 2011 4 April 202113 April 203121 April 2041
19 April 199231 March 2002 8 April 201217 April 202228 March 2032 6 April 2042
11 April 199320 April 200331 March 2013 9 April 202317 April 203329 March 2043
3 April 199411 April 200420 April 201431 March 2024 9 April 203417 April 2044
16 April 199527 March 2005 5 April 201520 April 202525 March 2035 9 April 2045
7 April 199616 April 200627 March 2016 5 April 202613 April 203625 March 2046
30 March 1997 8 April 200716 April 201728 March 2027 5 April 203714 April 2047
12 April 199823 March 2008 1 April 201816 April 202825 April 2038 5 April 2048
4 April 199912 April 200921 April 2019 1 April 202910 April 203918 April 2049
 
ORTHODOX EASTER SUNDAY DATES
15 April 199030 April 2000 4 April 201019 April 202028 April 2030 6 May 2040
7 April 199115 April 200124 April 2011 2 May 202113 April 203121 April 2041
26 April 1992 5 May 200215 April 201224 April 2022 2 May 203213 April 2042
18 April 199327 April 2003 5 May 201316 April 202324 April 2033 3 May 2043
1 May 199411 April 200420 April 2014 5 May 2024 9 April 203424 April 2044
23 April 1995 1 May 200512 April 201520 April 202529 April 2035 9 April 2045
14 April 199623 April 2006 1 May 201612 April 202620 April 203629 April 2046
27 April 1997 8 April 200716 April 2017 2 May 2027 5 April 203721 April 2047
19 April 199827 April 2008 8 April 201816 April 202825 April 2038 5 April 2048
11 April 199919 April 200928 April 2019 8 April 202917 April 203925 April 2049

The History of the Easter Egg

Happy Easter!

The egg is nature's perfect package. It has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen. It is the universal symbol of Easter celebrations throughout the world and has been dyed, painted, adorned and embellished in the celebration of its special symbolism.

While the gaily colored cardboard ones and rich chocolate ones that we enjoy are quite recent in origin, the real egg, decorated with colors or gilt, has been acknowledged as a symbol of continuing life and resurrection since pre-Christian spring celebrations.

Given as gifts by the ancient Greeks, Persians, and Chinese at their spring festivals, the egg also appears in pagan mythology, where we read of the Sun-Bird being hatched from the World Egg.

Easter chick In some pagan customs, the Heaven and Earth were thought to have been formed from two halves of an egg. As the egg was an obvious symbol to early Christians of Jesus' Resurrection, it was felt to be a most appropriate and holy part of the Eastertide celebration.

The ban of eating eggs during the 46 days of Lent established in the 9th century, is what made the egg so popular at Easter. The eggs were collected and saved and, once the fasting was over, were distributed to the servants and children, who generally enjoyed them in a huge Easter omelette.

As the practice became more refined, the nobility got into the act, using the last days of winter to decorate eggs to give to their beloved, their master or the King. By the 16th century, these springtime eggs were all the rage at the court of France, with some being decorated by a few of the greatest artists of the day.

However, the popularity of the Easter egg reached untold heights at the court of the Czar of Russia. By the end of the 19th century, the court jeweller, Carl Fabergé, was making fabulous eggs of gold, crystal and porcelain.

Today, hand-decorated eggs are exchanged as springtime gifts in many cultures and play a very important role in religious ceremonies on Easter morning. Some families carefully save their egg collection, passing them on from generation to generation.

Whether straight out of ancient tradition, brought from Rome on the sound of church bells, or mysteriously laid by the Easter Bunny, the decorated egg, be it cooked or raw, full or hollow, made of wood, clay or silver, or of sugar or chocolate, will no doubt remain an undeniable token of friendship and love.

The History of the Easter Bunny

Happy Easter!

The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The hare and the rabbit were the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season. The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s.

The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s and were made of pastry and sugar.

The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve.

The children believed that if they were good the "Oschter Haws" would lay a nest of colored eggs. The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests.

The use of elaborate Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter Bunny spread through out the country.

Question:  How do you catch a unique Easter Bunny?
Answer:  Unique up on it!

Question:  How do you catch a tame Easter Bunny?
Answer:  Tame way. Unique up on it!

Question:  What's the best way to send a letter to the Easter Bunny?
Answer:  Hare Mail.

Question:  What did the rabbit say to the carrot?
Answer:  It's been great gnawing you.

Question:  Do you know why rabbits are so good in math?
Answer:  Because they multiply so fast.

Question:  How do bunnies stay healthy?
Answer:  Eggercise.

Question:  What do you call a dumb bunny?
Answer:  A hare brain.

Question:  How can you tell which rabbits are the oldest in a group?
Answer:  Just look for the grey hares.

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Can you read this?

C D E D B D Easter bunnies?
M R not E D B D Easter bunnies!
O S A R! C D E D B D fluffy cottontails?
L I B!!  M R 2 E D B D Easter bunnies!

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All I Need to Know About Life I Learned From the Easter Bunny!

  • Don't put all of your eggs in one basket
  • Walk softly and carry a big carrot
  • Everyone needs a friend who is all ears
  • There's no such thing as too much candy
  • All work and no play can make you a basket case
  • A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention
  • Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day
  • Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits
  • Some body parts should be floppy
  • Keep your paws off other people's jelly beans
  • The grass is always greener in someone else's basket
  • An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare
  • To show your true colors you have to come out of your shell
  • The best things in life are still sweet and gooey
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A lady opened her refrigerator and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelves. "What are you doing in there?" she asked.
The rabbit replied: "This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?", which the lady replied "Yes."
"Well," said the rabbit, "I'm westing."

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