Easter- the Resurrection of Jesus

By: Jon Heatley, Lily Depew., Michael Li

The Origin of Easter

Easter, a christian holiday is celebrated from "the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox (March 21). Easter, therefore, can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25." This year, Easter will be celebrated on April 5th 2015.

For Most people celebrating Easter it includes an Egg hunt from the Easter bunny and a nice breakfast with the family. But do you know what it really means?

Easter sunday is the transition between crucifixion and resurrection. As a source of new life, the egg was a symbol of creation, spring, and fertility in many cultures and religions, long before the advent of Christianity. The ancient Persians exchanged eggs at the spring equinox, Romans gave red-painted eggs as gifts at the new year, and to this day an egg is one of the symbolic foods on the plate at the Passover Seder which celebrates the new life of the people of Israel when they were redeemed from slavery.

In the 13th century the christian church abolished eating eggs during holy week, however, the chickens continued to lay eggs during this time, and because they could not eat them, they decorated them and that became a symbol of resurrection. The way that Jesus rose from the grave is similar to how life begins as it transpires from the egg

Did you know?

Did you know that the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter about a week or two after the Western Christian Church does?

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