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Easter Celebration and Easter Traditions

By Edited Jan 20, 2014 3 17

All families have their own Easter Celebration and Easter Traditions, but the essence of Easter has a lot of shared value. Easter is for many Christians the most important feast of the year. The Easter is oftentimes called the Holy Week in which the most important days are:
Thursday, or rather Maundy Thursday when Jesus had The Last Supper.
Good Friday, the day when Jesus was crucified and died on the Cross.
And the most important day, Sunday, Easter Sunday, or simply Easter Day when Jesus rose from the dead.
In the Christian Year, Easter is the end of Lent, which is 40 days of fasting and praying.
It might be understandable why children regard Christmas as a more important holiday and feast, with all the Christmas gifts. But Easter has its share of events for children: The decoration of Easter eggs, the Easter Bunny and egg hunting are traditions that amuse children all over the world.

The Living Cross
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The Living Cross by Vincent Barzoni illustrates very clearly how important Easter is, even if it is compared to Christmas. The Crucified Jesus is the kernel of Christianity, and it is because of this that many grownups consider Easter as a much more important religious feast than Christmas.

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci tells the story of another very important event during the first Easter. It could very well be that The Last Supper of Jesus is the inspiration to shared luncheons and family Easter dinner traditions.

The Last Supper
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Many families meat around the table at Easter Day and eat a big family lunch with many different dishes. Egg, fish, vegetables, and bread. Or a dinner where the main course quite often is lamb.

The lamb isn’t only part of the traditions at the family luncheons and dinner table. The Good Shepherd and The Lamb is one of the many well known Christian symbols used the whole year.

The Good Shepherd
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Children’s Easter Symbols
Most children don’t think of the religious aspects of any of the Christian celebrations. It is other things that make them appreciate the religious feasts. The lights and gifts at Christmas. And for the Easter it is among other the decorations with sheep and lambs.

Sheep and Lamb
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Other colorful decorations are the Easter Bunny, the flowers, the yellow chickens, and in particular the Easter Eggs.
The Easter Eggs are found during a playful egg hunt, or are delivered by the Easter Bunny.

Easter Bunny(92436)
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How the Bunny get hold on all those eggs is sort of a mystery, because the hens guard their eggs very carefully during the spring months in order to hatch the cute small yellow spring chickens.

Chicken in a Basket
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How did the egg tradition develop. Well, there are many theories about this question, but one of the more likely ones is related to The Lent, the 40 days period prior to Easter.
Already in the early Christian days, and in the Medieval Age, a lot of things were prohibited to do during the Lent if you were a good Christian. One of the prohibited things to do were to eat eggs.

Easter Eggs in a Row
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But the hens didn’t know about the Lent, so of course they continued to lay eggs. Some of the eggs were hatched to cute yellow chickens. Other eggs were preserved in different ways to later use. But the egg production during the 40 days long Lent was bigger than that, and the result was that people began to play with the eggs. Eggs were decorated and given away as Easter Eggs.

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Apr 1, 2012 3:23pm
Very nicely done. Easter is a very special time of year.
Apr 1, 2012 3:44pm
Thank you for your comment. Have a nice Easter!
Apr 1, 2012 5:44pm
Great Easter information.
Apr 1, 2012 6:00pm
Thank you for your visit and comment!
Apr 1, 2012 7:20pm
I've never heard the term "Maundy Thursday." Celebrating Easter by attending a sunrise service (sometimes referred to as "Sonrise") has been a special time for our family, and as a Christ follower/Christian, the resurrection of Christ is central to my belief. Nice article, askformore.
Apr 2, 2012 4:33am
You might know that English isn't my mother tongue. (In Danish it is Skærtorsdag) I got the "Maundy Thursday" from Wikipedia.
Apr 6, 2012 1:31pm
Beautiful piece on a most beautiful day, Easter Sunday. Thanks.
Apr 6, 2012 2:28pm
Thank you! Happy Easter to you!
Apr 7, 2012 11:40am
It's one great celebration! Happy Easter!
Apr 7, 2012 11:50am
Thank you. And Happy Easter to you too!
Apr 9, 2012 8:00am
A wonderful article about a very special day. Happy Easter and congratulations on the feature.
Apr 10, 2012 4:11am
Thank you! I love celebrating Easter.
Apr 9, 2012 7:46pm
I come from Germany where we celebrate Easter from Thursday to Monday. I live in the States now and miss the traditional Easter Bonfire on Saturday night and the brunch on Sunday morning when families and friends get together.

Apr 10, 2012 4:14am
I live in Scandinavia, where we celebrate Easter the same way as in Germany. One of the few differences is that we don't have Easter Bonfire.
Apr 10, 2012 10:57pm
Holy Thursday or Maundy (from the Latin word mandatum)Thursday, is a beautiful ceremony at the monastery service I attend - washing of feet and a dialogical homily which is quite nice. Great feature!
Apr 11, 2012 5:42am
Thank you very much for your comment, which gave further explanation to the Maundy or Holy Thursday.
Oct 18, 2012 9:45pm
Great article.Continue to relish all your Easter celebations.HAPPY EASTER EVER MORE
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