Monday, April 2, 2018

Resurrection or Easter Sunday?


Have you ever wondered how Easter eggs and Easter bunny is related to the resurrection of Jesus Christ which we are celebrating annually on Resurrection Sunday aka Easter Sunday. Why is it commonly known as "Easter"?
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Question: "What are the origins of Easter?"  


Answer: The origins of Easter are obscure. It is often assumed that the name Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe. According to the theory, Eastre was the “goddess of the east (from where the sun rises),” her symbol was the hare (a symbol of fertility), and a festival called Eastre was held during the spring equinox by the Saxons to honor her. 


Historically in order to make Christianity become more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus' resurrection with celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These spring fertility rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions.



It's crystal clear, the true symbol of resurrection Sunday is not colourful decorated eggs or the easter bunny but an empty tomb. Because the main takeaway here is -- Jesus is alive! He has risen from the dead! That is worth more celebrating!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. --Matthew 28:5-6

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