The history of Easter

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Easter is more than just Easter bunnies and eggs. Easter is a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Easter got its name from a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre. Eostre was celebrated at the beginning of spring.  The Easter bunny, which was called “Osterhase,” originated in Germany. When translated osterhase means Easter Bunny.

In the 1970s children would make nests for the Easter bunny to lay it’s colorful eggs. Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.
Easter is celebrated in many different ways across the world. Here is a couple of different examples.

  • In France instead of the Easter Bunny giving them treats they get treats from the Easter Bell. No church bells can ring between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigi.
  • In India they celebrates with carnivals, complete with street plays, songs, and dances. Also people exchange chocolates, flowers, and colorful lanterns as gifts.
  • In Italy a cart is loaded with fireworks and pulled in front of the Duomo, where spectators watch the fireworks go off. Also, locals gather for the annual Ruzzolone, a competition that involves rolling huge wheels of cheese around the village.
  • In Poland a basket is filled with colored eggs, sausages, bread, and other important food and taken to church to be blessed by a priest. Also, young boys try to get girls (and each other) wet with water guns, buckets of water, and any other means they can think of. Legend has it that girls who get soaked will marry within the year.

There are many other countries that celebrate Easter differently than we do.

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