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By Sarah Lane
Mar 2, 2012, 22:40 PST

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Spring Holidays

Spring Holidays


Religious Aspects

  The season of Lent lasts 46 days beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter.  This is a time period set aside to recognize and feel sorrow for your sins.  The last week of Lent begins with Palm Sunday, which celebrates the day Jesus entered Jerusalem and the people lay down palms at his feet.  In that same week, Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper.  This was the dinner attended by Jesus and his twelve Disciples the evening before his crucifixion.  Good Friday is the day that Christ was crucified.  Easter Sunday, three days later, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 


There are two ways on which the date Easter will fall is decided.  In the West, it is the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the first day of spring.  Sound complicated? Well the Eastern Orthodox holiday is determined the same as above, with the exception that the date also falls after the Jewish holiday of Passover.  Whew!  Now for the really fun stuff.


Non-Religious Aspects

  The word ‘Easter’ is said to be from the names of goddesses of mythology.  It represents spring and fertility. The Easter egg is also a symbol of fertility and new life.  People used to decorate and exchange these eggs similar to Valentines.  In Greece they exchange red eggs to honor the blood of Christ.  In Germany and Austria they exchange green eggs on Holy Thursday.  Germans also poke holes in eggs and blow the contents into a bowl. They then decorate the delicate objects and hang them up.  Slavic people give gold and silver eggs to each other.    


The Easter bunny itself is a symbol of fertility.  Hares and rabbits are the most fertile animals and are symbols of new life.  Germany made the first edible rabbits in the early 1800’s.  The tradition came to America with the Dutch immigrants.  Kids were told that if they behaved, the bunny would lay colored eggs for them in their strategically placed caps or bonnets.

Source:              Easter on the Net,


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