Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Share: "Easter"

Where does the name 'Easter' come from?

Pagan traditions give us the English word "Easter" which comes from the word "Eostre". The Anglo-Saxon word for April was "Eostre-monath" (the month of openings). However, it should be remembered that Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ long before the word "Easter" was used, and the word they used for the celebration was "Pascha", which is derived from and linked to the Jewish festival of Passover.

According to Bede, the English monastic historian, the English word Easter comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of April, which was known as "Eostremonath" in the AngloSaxon tongue and since Pascha was most often celebrated in Eostremonath, the English Christians began calling it "Easter". Bede also notes that the month was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Esostre.

Rituals related to the goddess Eostre focus on new beginnings, symbolized by the Easter egg, and fertility, which is symbolized by the hare (or Easter bunny).

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Why does the date of Easter move?

Easter is called a moveable feast because the date of Easter changes every year. Easter Sunday can fall on any date from 22 March to 25 April.
The reason for this variation in the date of Easter is based on the lunar calendar (moon) rather than our more well-known solar one.

Easter always falls on the first Sunday following the full Moon (the Paschal Full Moon) after 21 March. If the Full Moon falls on a Sunday then Easter is the next Sunday.


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Click here to see where this information came from, and to read more Easter themed facts.

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Happy Easter everyone! :)

From Tori and Kero

11 comments:

Intense Guy said...

Happy Easter Tori and Kelly and Kero and Mamgu and half size human and all the rest!

MarmiteToasty said...

Fasinating, fanks for that Tori - may you, Kelly, Kero and your family have the most lovely of Easter Sundays....

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MarmiteToasty said...

Oh my golly gosh, me and Iggy posted at exactly the same time, lol spookie or what..

x

Punkn said...

Happy Easter Tori and all your loved ones!

The Wife O Riley said...

Happy Easter to you and you family!

Jayde_Bramblerose said...

happy easter to you tori , and a big thank you for my lovely " flake easter egg" that is one of my favourite chocolates.xxx

My goodness tori what a great mind of imformation you are thank you for all about the word " easter ".

Celticspirit said...

Very interesting stuff! I learned some new things that I did not know before about the holiday.

AliceKay said...

Happy Easter!

LadyStyx said...

Happy Easter Tori!

Marcy said...

Hey there ... Happy Easter! I fixed the word verification on Maizie's blog, so feel free to comment away! :) Thanks for following.

Tori_z said...

Thanks all for the happy Easter messages. :)

I'm glad you all enjoyed the post.

Toasty:
Yes, that is spookky.

Grandma:
You're welcome! :)

Marcy:
Thank you, and you're welcome! :)