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An Overview Of History And Celebration Of Easters Day


An Overview Of History And Celebration Of Easters Day 

 

We knew its Easter time again, we feel it in the air. The breath of spring with woodsy hint and new life everywhere. Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is an important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. The date of Easter is determined by the moon whose symbolism is strongly tied to that of the hare. In fact, the hare is the symbol for the moon. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western, who follow the Gregorian calendar. Alike Christmas, the festival of Easter rings with the mood of the season. The Resurrection, which celebrates renewed life, has a character with nature. New life is in evidence all around us, with trees bursting into leaf, native spring flowers in bloom and birds nesting and singing, even in city gardens and parks. For many of us, this is a chance to engage with nature at what is, perhaps, the loveliest time of the year.

A long weekend like this is an opportunity to take a real holiday, perhaps to go outdoors, to reconnect with the seasons, from which, in urban areas, many of us become unnaturally detached. Readers who live in rural communities are privileged to be in touch with the coming of spring because it happens under their nose; their city friends may well find this a chance to experience the season properly in a foray to the countryside. For some, Easter is a time of celebration, for others, an anachronism built on a myth. But at the very least it marks a milestone in the calendar, a revived sense of hope at this season, the celebration of new beginnings. And in that sense, as we share what is both a religious and universal celebration, we wish a very Happy Easter.



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