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Easter

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Transcript of Easter

History/Background
Exact origins unknown
Pagan Origins
-Eostre
(German Goddess of fertility)
Hebdomada alba
(white week)
later appeared as
esostarum

Pascha
(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
-Easter Bunny:
Symbol of fertility
Rabbits can reproduce without the loss of virginity---> Virgin Mary
Delivers the Easter eggs in a colored basket the night before.
-Flowers
:
Symbolize rebirth, a significant theme for Easter
Traditional Easter flowers include Lilies, which are believed to have grown at the site of Jesus' arrest.


Video
http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-easter/videos/history-of-the-holidays-easter-video
Changes from culture to culture
Italy:
reenactments of the Easter story
Cyprus:
holds bonfires
Germany
: eggs are set in trees
Czech Republic
and
Slovakia:
males spank females with decorative whip; may dump cold water on the women
United Kingdom:
roll eggs downhill, Pace Egg play
Jamaica:
eat a spiced bun that contain raisins and cheese
Scandinavia:
ski and relax in cabins in the mountains
Australia:
Easter Bilby (not bunny!) deliver the eggs
Flashback
Easter
General Information

Christianity:
Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Easter:
an entire season of the Christian church year: Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday
Easter
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
http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-easter

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-easter/videos/history-of-the-holidays-easter-video

http://www.wilstar.com/holidays/easter.htm

http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-other/easter4.htm

Citations
Holy Week
Holy Week
is the week before Easter.
Holy Thursday:
commemorates the Last Supper
Good Friday:
commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus
Easter Sunday
: commemorates the resurrection of Jesus
Eastertide,
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
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