Origins of Easter | The Spiritual Meaning of Easter
Easter is a festival of overwhelming joy.
The joy that celebrates life. Or, rather, the victory of life over
But does it have any historic background. Did life really overcame death?
Most important, why Jesus is so remembered on Easter?
And why those funny stuffs like eggs, and bunnies
came to be mixed up with those ideas?
Also who brought all those customs
on the soil of America?
The origin of the word Easter has multiple views. It is the German counterpart of the word Ostern.
While some believe that Easter came from the German word of Ostern, which was derived from Eostre, the anglo saxon Goddess representing fertility, abundance and hence spring, while others believe that Easter came from the Latin word ALBIS, as Easter week was known in those days, and became Eostarum in German, which became Eostre in due course.
Pâques is the French term for Easter, which derived from the Latin word Pascha, meaning passover.
Easter is celebrated on different dates every year, as it falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.
It is deeply connected to the changing of seasons, as after the Spring equinox, we officially advance to Spring and summer, with Longer days of sunlight each day, a reason for merriment.
It signifies growth, new life, abundance and happier days. One of the major reasons why eggs represent Easter celebrations.
How did the Easter celebration originate:
An insight on how Easter came to be observed right from its origin. Throwing a light on its celebrations since the 2nd century, it recollects how emperor Constantine called a council meeting to fixate on the date of Easter
Easter has also been attacked as a pagan festival. We have some good reference material on credibility of the notion.
Roots of Easter in America
Easter did not gain popularity in America till the civil war, owing to the large influence of the protestant church. A short note on how it gained popularity.
The story of Resurrection
The crux of Easter is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, from His tomb. The lucid narration with enthrall you, and we encourage you to share the story with your kids, and in social networks.
Easter in other parts of the world
Easter today, is more global than you think, and it ranks high in popularity, right after Christmas, Diwali and Valentine's day. Check out its advent in Australia, Africa Mexico and Europe.
Journey thru The holy Week
Easter week is the holiest week for Christians, and each day of this week is special. It starts with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday. The holy period of Lent covers it all. Check out the lovely scriptures relating the these special 8 days. Share it with your friends too.
History and Origin Of Easter Icons !
Easter comes with a host of icons, most of which we are not aware of. Even if we are aware, we may not know their complete implication. Know about the bunny, the eggs and the lily, and why they are associated with this observance.
Easter has been frequently attacked as being a Pagan festival, celebrated by Christians.
There are some factors, which has brought up this claim:
1> The Name 'Easter'
2> A comment by the Venerable Bede (673-735), an English monk who wrote the first history of Christianity in England.
A detailed analysis in this regard, establishing the Christinity of the festival, has been done by ChristianHistory.net.
Anyone who wants to know about them are suggested to visit there page at
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History of Easter (Video)