History and Origin of Easter 🐇✝️


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Easter, also called Easter, Easter Florida, Easter Sunday, Easter Sunday or Glory Sunday - is the central festival of Christianity, in which, according to the canonical gospels, the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after being crucified, just like Christmas begins its eighth on Christmas Day and concluding on the Solemnity of Holy Mary, Mother of God, Easter begins its eighth on Easter Sunday, concluding on the Feast of the Divine Mercy.
Easter marks the end of Holy Week (and the Easter Triduum), which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus. Easter is followed by a period of fifty days called Easter time. Like the Baptism of Jesus, it marks the end of Christmas, Pentecost marks the end of Easter.
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Easter Sunday is a celebration that is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (year 325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox in the hemisphere. north, and set the equinox on March 21. Therefore, the date varies between March 22 and April 25. Since in Orthodox churches the Julian calendar is followed, for which March 21 corresponds to April 3 according to the Gregorian calendar, for these communities Easter falls between April 4 and May 8.
On this day religious processions and liturgical celebrations are held in different parts of the world.The customs of Easter Sunday vary throughout the Christian world, but the decoration of Easter eggs is common in many countries of the Western world.
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The term Passover comes from the Hebrew פֶּסַח (Pesach). In Latin pascha is written transliteration of the Greek πάσχα (pásja), and this, in turn, of the Aramaic פַּסְחָא (pásja); According to the Royal Spanish Academy of the Language, the vulgar form of the term Easter, influenced by the Latin pascuum, means 'place of pasture', alluding to the end of the fast. In other words, this word refers to the action of 'celebrating a step, a transit, a change, a transformation'.
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Today's Christian Passover has its roots in 1513 BC, when, according to Jewish tradition, the Jewish people began their exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. The commemoration of this event, celebrated every year, as a reminder of the liberation of the Hebrew people from their slavery in Egypt, received and still receives today in Judaism the name of Passover .
On the eve of the first day, bitter herbs dipped in vinegar were eaten, to remember the sadness of servitude. And songs were narrated in a lilting tone that alluded to the ten plagues of Egypt.
The Passover lamb was chosen by each family. In time, the immolation ceremony was carried out by the priestly class. The animal had to be male, lamb or kid, healthy and one year old. He sacrificed himself at the end of the day; and at night they ate it with bitter vegetables. It was not allowed to break their bones, nor to leave remains of meat. For this reason, if the family was not large enough to eat an animal on their own, the Israelites would gather in groups, to comply with the prescriptions of the sacred order. During the seven days after Nisan 14 (month of the Israelite calendar corresponding to March - April of the Spanish calendar), the Hebrew people only ate unleavened (unfermented) bread, which they called ("unleavened") or "bread of affliction."

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In Hispanic countries, and particularly in Spain, processions are held ending the celebration of Holy Week. Many of them have as their highlight the Encounter between the images of the Virgin and the Risen Christ.
In the predominantly Catholic Philippines, Easter morning (known in the national language as "Pasko ng Pagkabuhay Muling" or Easter of the Resurrection) is marked with a joyous celebration, at dawn, in which large statues of Jesus and Mary are carried in a procession to meet, imagining the first meeting of Jesus and his mother, Mary, after the Resurrection of Jesus. This is followed by a joyous Easter Mass.
In Polish culture, the Rezurekcja (Resurrection procession) is celebrated in a joyous Easter Mass in the morning, at dawn, when the bells ring and firecrackers are thrown to commemorate the Resurrection of Christ over death. Before mass begins at dawn, a festive procession carrying the Blessed Sacrament under a canopy surrounds the church. Inside the temple, the bells are ringing and tolling vigorously by altar boys, and the air is filled with incense. Another Polish Easter tradition is called Święconka, the blessing of Easter baskets by the parish priest on Holy Saturday. This custom is celebrated not only in Poland, but also in the United States by those of Polish descent.
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The exchange of Easter eggs, first of sugar and, for five centuries, of chocolate, is widespread in Germany, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Italy, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil , United States, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay and in certain areas of Mexico.
The fact of associating the egg with fertility and because Easter coincides with spring in the northern hemisphere, the fertile season par excellence, makes it become established throughout Europe as a symbol of Easter. So soon the pastry chefs of the time began to make them using different ingredients. First was the sugar, then the chocolate.
In the countries of Orthodox tradition, crimson eggs are exchanged to remember the blood of Christ. The Armenians empty them and decorate them with images of Christ and the Virgin. And in Poland and Ukraine, around Easter, they make works of art with melted wax on its shell.
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The Easter rabbit is a character that appears as a rabbit, who, according to legend, brings baskets full of colored eggs and sweets to children's homes, and therefore has similarities with Santa Claus, since both bring gifts to the children on the night before their corresponding holiday
Although its origins are not very well defined, it is assumed that the choice of the rabbit is due to its prolific procreation capacity, of great symbolic value in a season of festivals dedicated to the fertility of the earth after winter.
Its use dates back to ancient peoples of northern Europe, who saw in the hare a symbol: its strong hind legs allow it to always move upwards with ease, while its weak front legs make it difficult to descend.

Since before Christ, the rabbit was a symbol of fertility and gonadal immaturity associated with the Phoenician goddess Astarte, to whom the month of April was also dedicated. In reference to that goddess, Jacob Grimm affirmed the possible relationship with Ostara as early as 1835 in Deutsche Mythologie, a proposal that was repeatedly picked up by other authors, including Charles Isaac Elton and Charles J. Billson. The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible (The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible) records that Easter was "originally the spring festival to honor the Teutonic goddess of light and spring, who was known in Anglo-Saxon as Easter."
The rabbit as a symbol of fertility and renewal in the German region became a tradition around Osterhase. Within this tradition, there was a German legend in which a poor woman, unable to offer sweets to her children, hid in the garden decorated eggs. The children, seeing a rabbit, believed that it had laid eggs. Since then, the children made a nest that was in the garden waiting for the eggs of the Easter bunny, which fills during the night
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From the 19th century, chocolate and sugar dolls began to be made in Germany.
Chocolate rabbits are usually given for Easter, like chocolate eggs, and are sold in pastry shops in northern European countries and the world.

The legend of the Easter rabbit tells that, when they put Jesus in the tomb that Joseph of Arimathea had given them, there was a hidden rabbit inside the cave, which was very scared and saw how all the people entered, cried and was sad because Jesus had dead.
The rabbit stayed there looking at the body of Jesus when they put the stone that closed the entrance and he saw him and he saw him wondering who was this Lord whom all people loved so much.
Thus he spent a long time watching it; It happened all day and all night, when suddenly the bunny saw something surprising: Jesus got up and folded the sheets with which they had wrapped him. An angel removed the stone that covered the entrance and Jesus came out of the cave more alive than ever!
Thus he spent a long time watching it; It happened all day and all night, when suddenly the bunny saw something surprising: Jesus got up and folded the sheets with which they had wrapped him. An angel removed the stone that covered the entrance and Jesus came out of the cave more alive than ever!
Since rabbits cannot speak, it occurred to him that if he brought them a painted egg, they would understand the message of life and joy, and he did.
Since then, legend has it that the rabbit goes out every Easter Sunday to leave colored eggs in every house to remind the world that Jesus was resurrected and that we have to live happily. image.png
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