Easter Reflections: Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian history, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and rose three days later on Sunday. Easter is held on the first Sunday after the full moon in March, which is why Easter can land anywhere between the 22nd of March and the 25th of April.
Easter Reflections: Helen Steiner Rice
With OUR EYES we see
The beauty of Easter
As the earth awakens once more.
With OUR EARS we hear
The birds sing sweetly
To tell us spring again is here.
With OUR HANDS we pick
The golden daffodils
And the fragrant hyacinths.
But only with OUR HEARTS
Can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD’s LOVE
Which redeems all men.
And only with OUR SOUL
Can we make our ‘pilgrimage to God’
And inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE.
∼ ‘Easter Reflections’ poem by Helen Steiner Rice
- Easter is a Christian holiday. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian history, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and rose three days later on Sunday.
- Back in 325 AD, the “church council of Nicaea” decided that Easter should be made a true holiday. They also stated that it should be held on the first Sunday after the full moon, after the 21st of March, which is the Equinox. This means that Easter can land anywhere between the 22nd of March to the 25th of April.
- The holiday’s name is actually derived from a “goddess” named Eastre. She was the symbol of the rabbit and the egg. This symbolism is fitting for a holiday that signifies rebirth.
- Many of the early Christians used to exchange red eggs in particular to symbolize the ending and resurrection of Jesus’ life.
- The myth of the Easter Bunny actually dates back to an old German tale about a woman who used to decorate eggs and leave them for her children to find. This story was based in a time when a famine was plaguing the land; therefore the eggs were considered a valuable and surprising gift. It is reported that as her children found the eggs they saw a bunny rabbit hopping away. Naturally, the children thought the bunny had left the eggs for them!
- The first Easter baskets given were meant to imitate a bird’s nest when eggs were placed inside.
- Pysanka is a specific term used for the practice of Easter egg painting. From the very early times, egg has been considered to be the most important symbol of rebirth.
- Each year witnesses the making of nearly 90 million chocolate bunnies. In the catalogue of kids’ favorite Easter candy, red jellybeans come in first place.
- Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest holiday for the sale of candy.
- When it comes to eating chocolate bunnies, it is the ears that are preferred to be eaten first by as many as 76% of people.