Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Easter

Held on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

The meaning of many different customs observed during Easter Sunday have been buried with time. Their origins lie in pre-Christian religions and Christianity. All in some way or another are a "salute to spring," marking re-birth. The white Easter lily has come to capture the glory of the holiday. The word "Easter" is named after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. A festival was held in her honor every year at the vernal equinox.

People celebrate the holiday according to their beliefs and their religious denominations. Christians commemorate Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ died and Easter Sunday as the day that He was resurrected. Protestant settlers brought the custom of a sunrise service, a religious gathering at dawn, to the United States.

Who is the Easter Bunny?

Today on Easter Sunday children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of candy. He has also hidden the eggs that they decorated earlier that week. Children hunt for the eggs all around the house. Neighborhoods and organizations hold Easter egg hunts, and the child who finds the most eggs wins a prize.

The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Long ago, he was called the" Easter Hare." Hares and rabbits have frequent multiple births so they became a symbol of fertility. The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass. The Romans believed that "All life comes from an egg." Christians consider eggs to be "the seed of life" and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Why we dye, or color, and decorate eggs is not certain. In ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia eggs were dyed for spring festivals. In medieval Europe, beautifully decorated eggs were given as gifts.

Source: Easter
Happy Easter everyone
As for me, I am working my ass off


yellow_monsta said...

happy easter!! :D

Kim said...

hee heeeeeeee..
happy easteR~~
din know u celebrate it too. and i worked MY arse off too..HAHA..
btw, nd ur hp number to call wen i reach on tues. nadia is coming. lunch at 12 at boky? i doubt i will be punctual. haha. but around that time la.. will call u since u live so near there anyway. erm. leave ur hp num on a msg on my msn. hehe.. and i will misscall u or something tomoro. k?
have a gd day off..!!

Mochii said...

monsta: happy easter to you too :D

kim: yeah working our ass off on easter, a nice one heh hahahah ...
ahh nadiaaaaaa :D coool ... which number do you want? orange or sunrise? haha ... i have both :o
u 2 ... have a good last day at work yea ;)