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Easter Sunday

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on 2 October 2014

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Transcript of Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. For many people, Easter marks the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

The hares and eggs are symbols of new life in spring.

Easter Sunday
It originates in the pagan beliefs held by the inhabitants of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland before they were converted to Christianity.
Origin
Many people decorate eggs. These can be hard boiled eggs that can be eaten later, but may also be model eggs made of plastic, chocolate, candy or other materials.
What do people do?
It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts. People, especially children, who believe that the Easter bunny or rabbit comes to their house or garden to hide eggs, then search for them.
EASTER BUNNY
European legend says that the hare never closed its eyes and watch the other animals throughout the night. It became a symbol of the moon and fertility.
In England, the goddess of spring, Eostre had an earthly symbol which was the rabbit. She was worship by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol.
In most of Europe the Easter Bunny is referred as the “Easter Hare”. When the German (Pennsylvania) and Dutch immigrants to America took the tradition with them his species was changed from hare to rabbit and that is how he became the Easter Bunny.
Different Traditions
In the Middle East and in Greece painted eggs bright red as a symbol of the blood of Christ.
In Armenia decorated them with pictures of Christ, The Virgin Mary, etc.
Germans gave green eggs as gifts on Holy Thursday, and hung hollow eggs on trees
In Poland and Ukraine, the eggs were often painted silver and gold.
Easter Cards
Easter cards arrived in Victorian England, when a stationer added a greeting to a drawing of a rabbit.
The fist written record was around 1600s in the Alsace region of Europe.
Austrians placed tiny plants around the egg and then boiled them. when the plants were removed, white patterns were created.
The symbols like Easter bunny and egg tree were first brought in by the German settlers
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