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Easter

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Madeline Cik

on 28 February 2013

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History Discussion Questions Results History as a celebration For most Easter was not popular in terms of celebration and festivities in North America until the time of the civil war.
It was the death and destruction of war that opened peoples minds to the Easter season and the celebration of Easter.
People found hope in the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. What is Easter? Historians believe that Easter is a holiday that has been celebrated since its origins
Easter is also believed to have an origin in old Teutonic mythology.
The word "Easter" is derived from the word "Eostre" which is also the name of the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of spring. Easter Bunnies and Eggs? What might motivate one to participate in the cerebration of Easter? What is Easter? Easter History What is Easter? Why Bunnies and Eggs? Discussion Questions Easter is a Christian holiday celebrated by many people all around the world and can fall between March 21st and April 25Th this varies because Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the Paschal full moon. From a religious perspective Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as his last days spent in Jerusalem before he was crucified and died. Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Monday. Although Easter is a Christian holiday, and is centered around the death and resurrection of Jesus, some people choose to celebrate it in a less religion centered way, focusing more on family and less on Christian-centered activities. Many also choose to view Easter as a celebration of spring, due to the fact that it falls very closely to the spring equinox. The way that Easter is known and celebrated today is related to the Jewish tradition of passover which is celebrated during Nisan the first month of the Hebrew lunar year. It was during passover in 30 AD that Jesus was charged with blasphemy and crucified. Many early Christians that were brought up with Jewish traditions thought of Easter as a new addition to passover. http://www.history.com/topics/easter-symbols/videos#history-of-the-holidays-easter-video Easter has long been associated with spring, the "fertile rabbit" had long been a symbol of new life in European and Pagan celebrations.

Parents told their children that if they had good behavior all year the Easter bunny would come to their home and lay colorful eggs.

This eventually led to the tradition of Easter egg hunts as well as Easter's association with chocolate. Children enjoy chocolate and see it as a reward for being good all year. Are there any specific images that come to mind when you think of Easter? Why do you think those images come to mind? What is their significance? What might encourage people to avoid celebrating Easter? What may be some contributing factors? By Madeline Cik
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