Easter is a holiday that occurs during Spring. Here’s the history of Easter and some things about the holiday that you might find interesting.
A religious holiday.
First and foremost Easter is a religious holiday. On Easter Sunday Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, it is believed that Jesus was resurrected on this day. It’s also believed that he died for all of our sins and because of this we all shall have eternal life after death. The biblical account of the resurrection of Jesus can be found specifically in the scriptures of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The end of Lent.
Lent is a Christian season that lasts for 40 days where people commonly give up certain things during this time. Common things that are given up are food, bad habits, and things that they might have done in excess prior, such as video games or drinking. It’s not uncommon for people to fast during this time as well. Lent ends on Easter and the point of Lent is to reflect on what Jesus had to give up when he sacrificed himself.
A different date each year.
Easter is never on the same day the following year. Sometimes Easter will be in March while other times it may land on a Sunday in April. There are a couple different reasons why the date always changes. Previously it was wished to celebrate Easter after the Jewish Passover. Now, since 325 A.D., Western Christianity chooses to celebrate it following the Paschal Full Moon. The Paschal Full Moon usually happens between March 21 and April 18 but because it can vary as much as two days from the actual date of the full moon it’s possible for Easter to land on a day from Match 22 through April 25.
That was just for Western Christianity too. Eastern Orthodox churches have a more complicated way of figuring out the date of Easter as it relates to the Julian Calendar. For Eastern Christianity it’s more difficult figuring out Easter because the Julian Calendar is inaccurate. This is why the date of Easter has been a long standing argument within the history of the church.
Bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans.
The Easter Bunny has become a symbol to Easter for those who are and aren’t religious. The history can be dated back to ancient symbols where rabbits were the symbol for life and fertility. It’s easy to see the correlation since Spring has been the start of life for many things found in nature. One can also see a correlation with the Christian view of Easter as Jesus was resurrected and started a “new life”, the eternal life.
Dating back to the 17th century there were accounts of eggs being on the list for Lent. Many people would give up eggs for Lent, as it was banned from the Church for Lent, and then would start eating them again on Easter. In addition to Easter eggs, jelly beans found their place in Easter as well. Starting in the 1930s jelly beans became popular around Easter because their shape somewhat resembled an egg. Now today it’s very common for Easter egg hunts to take place on Easter. This usually consists of plastic eggs filled with candy being hidden by adults. Once all the eggs are hidden children will then search for them.