CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 3, 2014

11 Facts About Easter

Filed under: EASTER — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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11 FACTS ABOUT EASTER

Easter is a Christian celebration the resurrection of Jesus. As I watch the trees bud, the lilies and daffodil leaves rise up from the ground, the dandelion-yellow of the cold’s feet, I am reminded that Easter celebrates new life and rebirth.
Below is a quiz on Easter. Enjoy.

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

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QUESTIONS

  1. What do virtually all languages refer to Easter as?
  2. What tradition did displays of green, yellow, and white flowers replace?
  3. What was the first symbol of Easter?
  4. What is nature’s most perfect container?
  5. What is the origin of the word Easter?
  6. How did ham come to be a traditional favorite for Easter dinner?
  7. What is Pysanka?
  8. What is the origin of the Easter bunny?
  9. Who brought the tradition of the Easter bunny to colonial America?
  10. Who brought the Easter Tradition of sunrise religious services to America?

BONUS QUESTION

Among ancient Egyptians, the original (or “world”) egg is the joint production of the god ___________, whose body is the earth, and the goddess ________  , the sky. From this first egg was born the _____________—the bird of Phoenix, the sun symbol.**

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Where ARE those eggs? asks granddaughter Jordan

Where ARE those eggs? asks granddaughter Jordan

ANSWERS

  1. Except for the English and German languages, Easter is referred to as either a transliterated form of pascha (In the Hebrew, Passover is Pesach and in Greek its pascha. In the original language of the gospels, the Greek word pascha is used for the Aramaic form of the Hebrew word pesach (which means Passover).*** Most languages use a variation of that name: “Pesach” in French, “Pâques” in Spanish, “Pasqua” in Italian, “Pashkë” in Albanian and “Pask” in Swedish. ****
  2. Evergreens, the symbol fo eternal life, embroidered in red on white or woven in straw. *
  3. The first symbol of Easter was a chicken breaking out of its shell (Christ’s resurrection). **
  4. The egg. A Latin proverb says, “All life comes from an egg.” The life hidden within the shell of the egg is mysterious and unknown—the creature that emerges might be good or bad, therefore, great hopes and prayers are associated with the unborn life that is yet unseen but lies asleep within the egg. Eggs were dyed and eaten during spring festivals in ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome and colored eggs were given as gifts to celebrate the coming of spring. The egg is the world’s most popular secular symbol for Easter.***
  5. The English word Easter is of German/Saxon origin. The German equivalent is Oster, related to Ost which means the rising of the sun, or simply in English, east. ***
  6. In pre-refrigeration days, hogs were slaughtered in the fall and cured for six to seven months. Just in time for Easter dinner… **
  7. The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka (originates from the Ukranian word pysaty, to write)**
  8. According to one legend, the Easter bunny was originally a large, handsome bird belonging to the goddess Eostre. One day she magically changed her pet bird into a hare. Because the Easter bunny is still a bird at heart, he continues to build a straw nest and fill it with eggs.*** Rabbits symbolize the fertility of springtime and the Egyptian moon, which is used to determine the date of Easter each year**
  9. The German settlers, during the 1770s, who called him “Oschter Haws.” *** German legend holds that a white Easter hare would visit children and fill Easter bonnets, or (caps for boys) left out the night before with colored eggs, candy and other goodies for children to discover on Easter morning. Only good children would be rewarded with a filled Easter bonnet. *****
  10. The Protestant immigrants from Moravia who held the first such service in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1741.***
    Origins of the early morning time stem from a passage in the Bible from the book of Luke: “…but on the first day of the week, at early dawn” women visited Jesus’ tomb and found it empty.***
    Sunrise services also may be related to the Easter fires held on hilltops in continuation of the New Year fires – a worldwide observance in antiquity. Those rites were performed at the vernal equinox, welcoming the sun and its great power to bring new life to the world.***

BONUS QUESTION ANSWER

Among ancient Egyptians, the original (or “world”) egg is the joint production of the god “Geb”, whose body is the earth, and the goddess “Nut”, the sky. From this first egg was born the “Bennyu” – the bird of Phoenix, the sun symbol.**

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Easter—Children’s Stories & Poems

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

Happy Easter!

SOURCES

*   http://www.indobase.com/holidays/easter/easter-facts/index.html

** http://www.strangecosmos.com/content/item/174509.html

***   http://foodilicious.smeak.com/easter-icons-symbols-customs/

****     http://living.msn.com/family-parenting/raising-kids/the-history-of-easter-traditions-1?_p=47f2062e-42c3-4d64-8c7f-edd1d4acb452

***** http://www.ehow.com/facts_5192131_did-easter-baskets-come-from_.html

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4 Comments »

  1. Carolyn, good morning! I like your new photo and hat! 🙂
    And the interesting data on Easter.

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