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i know christain's belive that jesus came back to life on easter but whats with the egg's and the bunny is that for the kiddys or is that somethign like jesuse loved eggs and we had to hide them from him by makeing them look like they wern't eggs or what some one explain

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Quote by http://wilstar.com/holidays/easter.htmThe Traditions of Easter

As with almost all "Christian" holidays, Easter has been secularized and commercialized. The dichotomous nature of Easter and its symbols, however, is not necessarily a modern fabrication.

Since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had its non-religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.

The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eastre. When the second-century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with their pagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity. They did so, however, in a clandestine manner.

It would have been suicide for the very early Christian converts to celebrate their holy days with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. To save lives, the missionaries cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but to do so in a Christian manner.

As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. It made sense, therefore, to alter the festival itself, to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over. The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.

The Date of Easter

Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However, a caveat must be introduced here. The "full moon" in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical "vernal equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.

The Lenten Season

Lent is the forty-six day period just prior to Easter Sunday. It begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday") is a celebration, sometimes called "Carnival," practiced around the world, on the Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday. It was designed as a way to "get it all out" before the sacrifices of Lent began. New Orleans is the focal point of Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S. Read about the religious meanings of the Lenten Season.

The Cross

The Cross is the symbol of the Crucifixion, as opposed to the Resurrection. However, at the Council of Nicaea, in A.D. 325, Constantine decreed that the Cross was the official symbol of Christianity. The Cross is not only a symbol of Easter, but it is more widely used, especially by the Catholic Church, as a year-round symbol of their faith.

The Easter Bunny Bunny

The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.

The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

The Easter Egg

As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, the Easter Egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.

From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.

Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs -- those made of plastic or chocolate candy.


for more info..
http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/holidays/easter.htm

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  • Apr 18, 2006

Shinsengumi89

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It's just corparations using religon to get more money, really no one belives in a 6 foot tall easter rabbit it's all money.

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  • Apr 18, 2006

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Gwater, ya just copied and pasted, you coulda at least said your part. Anyways i work in retail and i can guarantee that half the people dont care about jesus or anything christian easter related. Everyone comes for the eggs and it's all about money, cause easter pulls in a lot of it, especially where i am. I live in a tourist spot so easter comes and everyone goes on holidays, cause it's a public holiday, anything for a day off work yah?

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Nice article - wraps the whole story up nicely.

Even Christmas aren't authentic - it was also originally a pagan festival (Yule I think - basically the new year festival, around the time when the days start becomming longer and the nights shorter - which implied the end of winter in the northern hemisphere). Trees were decorated, apparantly (and this is apocryphal - a novelist explained it like this) to give the sun a hint to come out. As if the trees were saying: "Hey you sun, we're starting to bloom! How about doing a proper day's work?"

I'm not sure how the church decided on what day Christ's birthday should fall. I was under the impression that they merely took the Roman version of the Yule festival, Saturnalia (only a new year festival), as a handy festival and Christanised it.

Santa Claus is a late Medievel invention. Some monk that dressed in red. There's a Dutch version (St Niklaas) which is probably the original from the American St Claus.

Sorry, of the topic. Rabbits because they breed like, well, rabbits (are virile and promiscuous [sp?]), and eggs because they give new life.

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Rosegirl18

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I'm not sure about this, but I think this is how it went:

When Jesus was getting cruxified he was too weak to carry his cross so one of the roman soldiers made a bystander come and carry it for him. It happens that this guy was an egg seller...

As for the bunnies I have no idea.

  • Apr 22, 2006

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Quote by Rosegirl18When Jesus was getting cruxified he was too weak to carry his cross so one of the roman soldiers made a bystander come and carry it for him. It happens that this guy was an egg seller...


What? Old Simon of Cyrene? Mentioned in Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, and Luke 23:26 (but not in John)?

Not to be offensive, but I'd say read the preceding threads before just posting the first thing that comes to mind.

The least I can say is that its an original theory.

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jasaiyajin

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Actually Easter is a symbol of life, how fast do rabbits make new rabbits? It's a holiday celebrating sex. The simplest answer is usually the correct one ^_^

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  • Apr 24, 2006
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Easter was stolen from the pagans just like every christian holiday. Whenever you have a question about some weird holiday tradition the answer is always "pagans".

  • Apr 24, 2006

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