resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is also known as Pasch, or
According to the
New Testament, the resurrection occurred on the third day of his burial after
his crucifixion by Romans. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ,
preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and
Easter takes place
on a Sunday, after the 40-day period called Lent. Lent is referred to as a time
of fasting, but participants focus more on giving up one significant
indulgence. Holy Week is celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It
begins on Palm Sunday, continues on to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then
finally, Easter Sunday.
The name Easter is
said to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn known as
Eostre or Eastre, who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival
Easter eggs and
the Easter Bunny are the two symbols of Easter. Both the egg and hare (actually
an egg-laying rabbit according to folklore) symbolize fertility and therefore,
life itself. In the olden days, dyed chicken eggs were used, but have been
substituted by eggs made from chocolate in the modern times.
Easter is not
celebrated on a specific day. It usually falls between March 22nd and April
25th. It is supposed to fall on the first Sunday after the full moon following
Interesting Easter Facts:
● In medieval times, churches held an
egg throwing festival. The game would start with the priest throwing a
hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys, which would then be tossed from one
choirboy to the next. The person who was in possession of the egg when the
clock struck 12 would be declared the winner and could keep the egg.
● The custom of giving eggs at Easter
started with Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg
was a symbol of life.
● Decorating Easter eggs was
traditionally a symbol of the empty tomb. This tradition is called Pysanka.
Christians believe that Easter eggs symbolize new life and resurrection.
● Lilies are a flower often associated
with Easter (Easter Lilies).
● Wearing new clothing on Easter is
said to bring good luck for the coming year.
● In some European countries Easter
fires are lit. They are said to represent fertility.
● The Easter egg hunt is an outdoor
game played with decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial, filled
with or made of chocolate candies. They are then hidden in various places for children to
Easter is a time
for fun, Easter is a time for happiness, Easter is a time for blessings, and
Easter is all about love and hope.
Mount Litera Zee
School wishes you and your family a Happy Easter!