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    noweasels, rb137

    Finally my question has been answered! haha

    But do you know how decorative eggs and the Easter bunny is tied to Easter?  Or is it similar to Santa Clause for Christmas? (simply no relation...?)

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      rb137, Medina Mahmoud

      I think the eggs originated because they are the start of life, but I am not sure.  I will see if I can find out, Medina Mahmoud!

      "Let reverence for the laws . . . become the political religion of the nation." ~ Abraham Lincoln

      by noweasels on Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 09:39:10 PM PDT

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    •  The time of Easter gets set biblically, (1+ / 0-)
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      Medina Mahmoud

      but it is near the vernal equinox. It is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. That is because Passover starts on the first full moon after the vernal equinox -- Jesus Christ, a Jew, was arrested at the Sader meal on the first day of Passover (the last supper).

      And egg and a rabbit were/are fertility symbols in northern Europe. Once it was Christianized, it was easier to embrace the elements of the spring fertility festivals and make them part of Easter. I'm pretty sure that the etymologists that attribute the name Easter to the Anglo-Saxon period named for the goddess Ēostre are probably right.

      I hope that helps. :)

      •  There is also the legend (3+ / 0-)
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        of Mary Magdalene and the egg:

        Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman, called a disciple of Christ, and was the first person to whom Christ appeared the morning after his resurrection. She worked to spread the gospel after his ascension to Heaven, and through her influence, obtained an invitation to the dinner table of Tiberius Caesar in Rome. Illustrating to Caesar that Christ had risen from the dead, she picked up an egg from the table. The egg had long been a symbol for rebirth. Caesar laughed at her claiming that a person rising from the dead was as likely as the egg in her hand changing color. Before he finished speaking, the egg turned a bright red.

        Women were held in far higher regard in the early Church than in its later incarnations; I believe the Orthodox still hold Mary of Magdala in high esteem.

        The risk we take in opening our hearts to love, is learning to say goodbye.

        by Cali Scribe on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 12:42:47 AM PDT

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