Easter Origins

Easter,also called Pascha, or Resurrection Sunday is a festival which is celebrated by Christians all over the world. It is held to honor the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion at Calvary. Easter does not have a precise date, but is celebrated the first Sunday following the first full moon after the March equinox.

In some countries Christians refer to the week before Easter as Holy Week, as it contains the days of Triduum, including Maundy Thirsday, commemorating Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

By certain theory Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe. Eastre was the was the goddess of the east (where the sun rises). Her symbol was a hare which was a symbolizing fertility and Saxons would honor her during her equinox by holding a festival.

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Another theory states that the Easter story of crucifixion and resurrection is symbolic of rebirth and renewal and retells the cycle of the seasons, the death and return of the sun.

In Armenia families gather and go to churches to listen to ceremonies and be blessed by holy water. Three eggs are coloured during Thursday and by Saturday mid day all the preparations should be done. On Sunday, at our homes, we love to make these small egg battles(deciding which one is the strongest) and in the end the winner doesn’t know whether to be happy or to be sad as he doesn’t get to eat his undefeated egg.

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