Easter: eggs, bunnies and candies, many candies…

Easter: eggs, bunnies and candies, many candies…
05/04/2015 Margarida Moreira

The term “Easter” has a religious origin that comes from Latin “Pascae“. In ancient Greece, this term is also found as Paska. However, its most remote origin is of the Hebrews, where it appears the term Pesach, meaning passage.

Scientists found traces of ancient festivals that took place in the same period of Easter and was celebrated by people living in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. Celebrated the end of winter and early spring, season representing more likely to survive.

Easter is one of the most important holidays among Western cultures.

Easter is never on the same day .. Why?

Easter has no fixed date because it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere entry (in the Southern Hemisphere is early autumn), however, the date of the full moon is not real, but the set the Ecclesiastical tables.

The date is calculated according to the lunisolar calendar, which mixes the moon (how to tell time by the phases of the moon: full, waning, new and growing) and solar (counted from the seasons).
The celebration takes place between March 22 and April 25.

From religion to history Bunny and Easter eggs

The figure of the rabbit is symbolically related to this commemorative day, because this animal represents fertility – the rabbit reproduces quickly and in large quantities.

The peoples of antiquity, associated fertility preservation of the species and thus better living conditions and a higher survival rate – the more it recedes in the larger story is the death rate associdado to disease and hunger. In Ancient Egypt, the rabbit represented the birth and the hope of new lives.

The rabbits / bunnies and reproduction is related to religious meanings because they symbolize a new life.
The eggs (raw, cooked, chocolate, jewelry …) are associated with fertility, life and hope.
The Easter Bunny figure has come to America by German immigrants, between the late 17th and early 18th.

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