The History Of Easter is something that everyone needs to learn. Whether you come from a Christian family like ours, or you are observing the traditions of just a simple springtime holiday, this lesson is ideal. Learning where the Easter holiday began is a must for your family. The history of Easter makes the celebrations even more special for your family.
History Of Easter
As most Christians believe, Easter is a time of celebration that revolves around the death of Christ, his burial, and subsequent resurrection. While we celebrate on a specific day on the calendar, it is not the actual date this happened. Easter, instead, is determined according to the cycle of the sun.
Easter began around the time of Passover. Historically, the Bible tells us that Christ died near the time of Passover. Thus, the current calendar celebration follows the cycle of the sun to determine when Easter is each year. This explains to children why Easter isn't on the same calendar day each year. This movable holiday is celebrated by many religions and faiths, but most notably the Christian world holds it as a sacred holiday to acknowledge and honor Christ and his death on the cross.
Easter is not just one day each year. Traditionally, the festival and observance of Easter is not just the single day we celebrate. It is an entire season that begins after Mardi Gras with a 40 day Lenton period. This period of time is a time which represents the 40-days that Jesus spent in the wilderness. During Lent, most who observe not only use it as a time of reflection but also as a time to give up their own desires to think of others.
Easter wasn't originally about bunnies and eggs. One thing many associated immediately with Easter is the tradition of having an Easter Bunny that hides eggs filled with treasures. While children (and adults) everywhere enjoy this annual tradition, many don't realize that the bunnies and eggs are actually an originally pagan idea. Many believe that the word Easter comes from the word Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. The eggs, and theory of the bunny came about as a way to celebrate the goddess and Spring. They have since been incorporated into the annual holiday and tradition.
If you are looking for a history of Easter to share with your children, you can begin with the annual celebration of Passover that began with the Jews. As you move forward, you'll simply see how each generation includes something new to the annual traditions. Easter started as a Christian holiday but has gradually grown into a mix of both pagan, Jewish, and Christian traditions. Choosing how your family celebrates each year can be something truly unique and built upon your faith, or favorite traditions.
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