Significance Of EasterThe significance of Easter is tied to the great prophecy made in the ancient Christian scriptures. According to the prophecy, God would send a Messiah, who would be persecuted for the sins of mankind and rise on the third day. An Easter celebration has its root in the early 2nd century A.D. According to historians, the early Christians began remembering the Resurrection every Sunday following its occurrence. In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea set aside a special day just to celebrate the Resurrection. There was much debate as to what should be the day to celebrate Easter, as many sects were of differing thoughts. Since some wanted the celebration to be in line with events in Old Testament, and some wanted it to be dissociated with Judaism. The council laid out two rules. First was of independence of the Jewish calendar, and the second was the worldwide uniformity of the day. Through the years it was decided that the following Sunday after Good Friday would be the day to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, the saviour.
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The word Easter has its own linguistic history of its own. It is said that the word Easter is derived from the name of an Old Goddess Eostre. In 7th to 8th-century English monk Bede noted that the month Eosturmōnaþ (that fell during March or April) was named after Goddess Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. In Latin and Greek, the Christian celebration was, and still is, called Pascha. The Pascha denotes the Jewish festival known in English as Passover, commemorating the Jewish Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
Easter FeastThe Easter feast is one of the most looked after feast in a Christian household. Glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, devilled eggs, hot crossed buns, crown roast of lamb and Easter pie are some of the most favourite Easter recipes of all times. Most of you would be aware of the common tradition of making Easter bunnies and Easter eggs. While they make for delicious treats, the connotation behind the sugary goodies may surprise many of you.
The story of the Easter bunny and eggs is thought to have become popular in the 15th century. And gradually became a staple part of Easter celebrations globally. Rabbits and eggs are motifs of new life and existence, which is essentially the spirit of Easter and the resurrection.
Happy Easter 2018!
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