Easter Sunday is coming up, which means it's almost time to bust out the egg dyeing kits , start preparing your dinner menu , and assembling your family's Easter baskets. Even though there is so much to do before the Easter Bunny arrives, carve out some extra time to read up on the history of Easter. The Christian holiday, celebrated on Sunday, April 4 this year, has been observed since the 2nd century as a way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over the years, many Easter traditions have taken shape, everything from chocolate bunnies to Easter egg hunts. As it turns out, there is so much that makes this holiday what it is today — religious or otherwise. Here, we've rounded up the need-to-know facts about the history of Easter, including the origins of some of your family's most cherished traditions like visits with the Easter Bunny , delicious ham roasts, and so much more.
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Brightly decorated eggs , egg rolling and egg hunts have become integral to the celebration of Easter. However, the tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime predates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. For thousands of years, Iranians and others have decorated eggs on Nowruz , the Iranian New Year that falls on the spring equinox. Some claim that the Easter egg has pagan roots. Some also point to the Venerable Bede, an English monk who wrote the first history of Christianity in England, for evidence of this connection. For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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Welcome to the history of Easter page. Know about the roots of Easter, the Lent and the Holy week. Scroll down, and unravel the history. Come March. And the world around you gets geared up to go ga ga on a festive spree.
E aster is a pagan festival. If Easter isn't really about Jesus, then what is it about? Today, we see a secular culture celebrating the spring equinox , whilst religious culture celebrates the resurrection. However, early Christianity made a pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practises, most of which we enjoy today at Easter. The general symbolic story of the death of the son sun on a cross the constellation of the Southern Cross and his rebirth, overcoming the powers of darkness, was a well worn story in the ancient world.