Written by Tvisa Trehan – a grade 9 student.
Easter, or what’s also called convoke Pascha, Passover or Resurrection Sunday, is a day that marks the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (resurrection means coming back to life).
The date of celebration of Easter changes from year to year. The reason for this variation is that Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the equinox (when day and night are of equal length). So, in 2020, Easter will be celebrated on April 12, and on April 4 in 2021.
In early America, Easter was more popular among Catholics than protestants. From the 19 century this occasion was seen as one that was meant to be celebrated with family and was partly done to make the celebration less rowdy.
Why is Easter called Easter?
It’s not very clear, but some historians believe it is related to a pre-Christian goddess in England called Eostre, who associated with flowers and spring.
How did Easter eggs and bunnies come into existence?
The Easter bunny was actually brought to America (and made popular) by the German immigrants who told many stories of a an egg-laying hare called“Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Children started to make nests for this hare (bunny) to lay its colored eggs. Eventually, it became a popular custom. What’s interesting to know is that the egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring.
The Jews called Easter Passover, which is a celebration of spring. It is about birth and rebirth and about freedom from slavery.
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