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These are the only animations of Easter however, there maybe some used on other pages and more Christian aninations can be accessed from the table at the bottom of the page.

 

The Origans of

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Easter is a vernal equinox festival that honours the coming of spring and the sun. It is named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the Dawn and Spring named Eostre. It celebrates the triumph of spring over winter and life over death. The Norse Eostur, Eastar, Ostara and Ostar, means season of the growing sun. In Wales Alban Eiler (White Regeneration, White Spring), eos is nightingale, ostl is inn, os is branch all named after the goddess.

The festival lasted a month and was called Eastur-monath (pron. eh-yaw-stir moh-nawth). When Christianity arrived to Europe, the church forbade spring fire rites until the year 752 A.D. and substituted Paschal fires, fires for Christ, for the old ones. Easter became Christ's resurrection. The Anglo-Saxons continued to bake cakes and they became known as hot cross buns.

Hot Cross Buns:

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British Isles: Spicy buns with raisins are baked on Good Friday: Dydd Gwener y Groglith: (Day of the Four Divisions) therefore a cross is marked on the top but this cross has nothing to do with the crucifixion but originates from a Druid festival to celebrate the changing of the Seasons.

Lent: (Veiled One)

Lent from the Anglo-Saxon word Lenctentid (pronounced: leng-ten-teed), which means thetime of lengthening. Welsh is Llen: lengthening, flowing. teneuder: thinness. The entire spring season was called Lenctentid. When Christianity arrived the days of Lent became the forty days Christ fasted in the desert. The first day was called Ash Wednesday and the last week called Holy Week; commemorated the last week of Christ's life.

Holy, Green or Maundy (mandate) Thursday of Holy Week is the last day of Lent. It was the day Christ was sentenced to be killed by the Romans. Good Friday is the day that he died on the cross. Holy Saturday is a vigil and Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection. For more on Lent. Click Here.

Pancake Tuesday:

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The day before Lent in the British Isles is called Pancake or Shrove Tuesday meaning Confession Tuesday. Sins are forgiven. A flat bread made of wheat flour, eggs, spice and water called a pancake is eaten. Pancake races are held where women must run across a course with a frying pan, throwing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan a specified number of times. A pancake bell is rung to kick off the event.

The custom is over 400 years old. A satire describing pancake parties of 1622 featured: Protector of the Pancakes, First Founder of the Fritters, Baron of Bacon-flitch and the Earl of Egg-baskets

Black Fast Ireland:

People will fast until noon on Good Friday. It is customary to take only three sips of water and three bites of bread to symbolize the trinity. Work is stopped. Hair is loosened or cut to symbolize mourning. Bia tragha: Shorefood of shellfish and seaweed is gathered and eaten. Holy wells may be visited and the water has curative powers.

The Easter Bunny

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Germany: Many years ago there was a woman who loved children and she hid Easter eggs in her garden for them. As the children searched for the eggs they saw a hare hopping by and thought he had left the eggs for them. Now German children make nests for the Easter Eggs. In America, the Easter Bunny brings eggs and other treats in baskets.

Ireland: The Goddess of Spring takes the form of a rabbit. The ancient Celts believed the rabbit was in the moon. The moon hare would lay eggs for the children to eat. This is the origin of the Easter Bunny, a sacred animal.




 Christian Easter.

 

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 Easter Bunny.


 

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