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Transcript of Easter
Exact origins unknown
(German Goddess of fertility)
later appeared as
(Pasch): Latin for Passover, eventually came to mean Easter
Traditions and Celebration in the US
-Begin the celebration with an Easter vigil the night before and attending Church service on Easter Sunday
-Easter Egg Hunt:
Originated with pagan spring festivals that celebrated fertility
Children hunt for decorated eggs filled with candy or prizes
Eggs are either decorated or hard-boiled
Eggs are part of the tradition because of the ban on eggs during Lent in Medieval Europe
Symbol of fertility
Rabbits can reproduce without the loss of virginity---> Virgin Mary
Delivers the Easter eggs in a colored basket the night before.
Symbolize rebirth, a significant theme for Easter
Traditional Easter flowers include Lilies, which are believed to have grown at the site of Jesus' arrest.
Changes from culture to culture
reenactments of the Easter story
: eggs are set in trees
males spank females with decorative whip; may dump cold water on the women
roll eggs downhill, Pace Egg play
eat a spiced bun that contain raisins and cheese
ski and relax in cabins in the mountains
Easter Bilby (not bunny!) deliver the eggs
Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
an entire season of the Christian church year: Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday
is not celebrated on a specific date (like Christmas on Dec. 25, Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, etc.)
Easter in the United States Today
Definition of Easter
History and origin of Easter
Easter traditions and celebrations in different cultures
How Easter has changed in the United States
Americans are becoming increasingly "less Christian", and the Easter holiday is becoming more commercialized
is the week before Easter.
commemorates the Last Supper
commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus
: commemorates the resurrection of Jesus
begins on Easter Sunday, lasts 7 weeks, ends on Pentecost Sunday
Importance of the Resurrection
Proved Jesus was who he said he was
When he rose, the power of sin and death was shattered
Christians do not need to fear Satan or death again