When we arrange for the holiday, it seems like we come up with hundreds of fun egg hunts and other games for the kids, but the adults are left on the sidelines, just watching. Let's arrange something so that this time it will not be the same as before.
It's time to join in the fun this year! Download these free printable Easter bingo games, and they'll be talked about long after Peter Rabbit returns to his rabbit home! But first, do you know why Easter is celebrated and why it is associated with eggs? Get to know it now.
Easter, also known as Pascha in Latin, is the main Christian celebration commemorating Jesus Christ's Resurrection on the third day after his Crucifixion. The first Easter celebration was recorded in the second century, a long time ago, while the celebration of Jesus' Resurrection is thought to have occurred earlier.
The English term "Easter" has no known origin. However, there is a word proposed from The Venerable Bede of the eighth century to call for the word Eostre, or Eostrae which is taken from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.
The Venerable Bede of the eighth century proposed that it was derived from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.
The viewpoint that links the origins of Christmas on December 25 with ancient winter solstice festivities, similar to the one mentioned here, suggests that Christians incorporated pagan traditions and names into their most important festivals. However, this assumption may be problematic considering Christians' strong opposition to all forms of paganism, which involved the belief in multiple gods.
It is widely accepted that the name "Easter" originated from the Christian practice of referring to Easter week as "in albis," a Latin phrase that means "in white." The phrase is considered to be derived from the word "alba," meaning "dawn" in Latin, and was transformed into "eostarum" in Old High German, which eventually led to the modern German and English terms.
In the Christian calendar, Easter comes after Lent, a 40-day period (not including Sundays) preceding Easter that is usually marked by acts of penance and fasting. Holy Week, which encompasses Maundy Thursday, the celebration of Jesus' Last Supper with his followers; Good Friday, the day of his Crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, the transition between the Crucifixion and Resurrection, comes just before Easter.
Easter follows the Great Vigil, which was formerly held between sunset on Easter Saturday and daybreak on Easter Sunday. Later, it would be observed in Western churches on Saturday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning.
The Roman Catholic Church established the timing for the vigil at 10 p.m. in 1955, allowing the Easter service to be conducted beyond midnight. The vigil is still an important liturgical event in Orthodox traditions, but it is poorly recognized in Protestant churches.
Easter, a holiday like Christmas, has a diversity of customs, some of which have nothing to do with Christian Resurrection celebrations and come from traditional ceremonies. The Easter lamb ritual appropriates both Jesus' biblical title ("Behold the lamb of God who wipes away the sins of the world," John 1:29) and the lamb's role as a sacrificed animal in ancient Israel.
Christians used to sanctify lamb meat by placing it beneath the altar and then eating it on Easter Day. Since the 12th century, the Lenten fast has been broken on Easter with special feasts such as eggs, ham, cheeses, bread, and desserts.
The practice of painting and decorating Easter eggs dates back to the 13th century. The church forbade the consumption of eggs during Holy Week, but hens continued to lay eggs during that time, and the idea of distinguishing those as "Holy Week" eggs led to their ornamentation.
The egg itself came to represent the resurrection. The egg represents fresh life rising from the eggshell, much as Jesus emerged from the grave. Eggs are painted crimson in the Orthodox faith to represent the blood shed by Jesus on the cross.
Children in the United States enjoy Easter egg hunts. President Rutherford B. Hayes's wife, Lucy Hayes is known to be credited as the first one to organize the annual Easter egg roll celebrated on the White House grounds in 1878. This event was placed for children and parents that were invited to join in rolling their eggs on the Monday after Easter day).
The tradition was transferred to the White House that year from the grounds of the United States Capitol Building, where enormous crowds of youngsters had congregated since the early 1870s to roll eggs and play on Easter Monday.
The practice of connecting a rabbit or bunny with Easter first appeared in Protestant regions of Europe in the 17th century, although it did not become widespread until the 19th century. The Easter bunny participates in the celebration by laying and hiding eggs.
On Easter morning, the Easter bunny also leaves children's baskets filled with presents and sweets. To some extent, this was a result of the Protestant disapproval of Easter customs observed by the Catholic Church. However, in a number of European countries, Easter eggs were brought by different animals, such as the cuckoo in Switzerland and the fox in Westphalia.