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Easter: Origins and Meanings
Worldwide, 4th of April, 2010
Easter is the most important annual religious feast in the Christian societies. It is full of local customs, folklore and traditional food. According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. In 2010 this festival is held on the 4th of April, 2010. For children, it is the feast of joy as it is usually referred to a mysterious Easter Bunny that brings the sweets and hides the eggs.
What are the origins of Easter? The festival of Easter is rooted in European traditions. The name Easter comes from a pagan figure called Easter who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe. Relatively newer elements such as the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts have become part of the modern celebrations. Nowadays most children and families who color or hide Easter eggs as part of their Sunday tradition have no idea of the origin of these traditions.
The truth is that the egg was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. The ancient civilization believed an old fable about an egg of wondrous size which was supposed to have fallen from heaven. The legend tells that from this sacred egg the Goddess Astarte (Easter) was hatched. And so the egg became a symbol of the Goddess Easter. This idea of a sacred egg spread from Babylon to the other part of the world. The egg was unconsciously chosen as a symbol of spring and renewal. The rabbit, on the other hand, a long-time symbol of fertility and spring, is a natural choice to be used for Easter decorating.
In modern times, Easter has become a nice break from work to have fun and eat more treats then people normally do. However, still it is considered to be a warm a family celebration and get-together. All in all, Easter is a celebration of rebirth both spiritually and physically. It is a time to rethink the dreams, aspirations, and intentions. It is a spring holiday that welcomes in new growth, flowering, and brings thoughts about the closest ones.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OF YOU :)