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Title: Easter Traditions


1
Easter Traditions
  • Name and date come from a pagan feast
    commemorating the Spring Sun

2
Celebration Date
  • First Sunday following the first full moon after
    the first day of spring
  • Comes close to Passover, but no longer tied to
    that date!

3
Easter Traditions
  • Eggs tied to Easter - also of heathen origin

4
Easter Traditions
  • Beginning of life
  • Most creation stories show the earth as an egg
  • Eggs offered as sacrifices to propitiate
    (appease) the spirits

5
Easter Traditions
  • Eggs were brought to the church in the 4th
    century to be blessed at Easter -- some Jews use
    colored eggs at Passover too

6
Easter Traditions
  • Hare and eggs appear to have originated in
    Germany

7
Easter Traditions
  • Christian German woman wanted to give a gift to
    the children of her village - eggs were all she
    could afford

8
Easter Traditions
  • She boiled the eggs with roots and mosses to
    color them (God makes fruits and berries pretty
    as well as good tasting)

9
Easter Traditions
  • The children thought that the hens laid the
    colored eggs, but one little girl said no, it
    couldnt have been hens - it must have been a
    hare!

10
Easter Traditions
  • Meaning for Christians
  • Rising of Jesus from the grave (resurrection)
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