Easter History And History: The History Of Easter

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The history of Easter The holiday known as Easter dates all the way back to when the world calendar that all nations abide by were just starting in its first years, and said holiday stems from the Christian/ catholic beliefs that they’re messiah Jesus was killed and resurrected from the dead; and from which a multitude of traditions and customs came and transformed into what is now the modern day interpretation. The holiday was originally celebrated to commemorate the death and resurrection of the infamous self-proclaimed son of god according to the Christian bible. According to the bible, Jesus spent forty days away from his society and friends, in order to speak to god and purify himself of any wrongs he may have done. During that time it…show more content…
For example, early traditional holiday activities consisted of fasting for a period of forty days up until the actual Easter Sunday, as it was fabled that the Christian Jesus withdrew himself form society for forty days and nights, and deprived himself of all sorts of temptation by fasting and praying in the entire duration of that time. Along with that, several deviations of Christianity had other series’ of activities that led up to Easter Sunday, such as the blessing and lighting of a multitude of candles that held certain symbolisms having to do with the holiday, and the consumption of holy small pieces of bread that are said to be the re-manifestation of the body of Jesus, meant to purify ones soul and achieve forgiveness for being sinners; as it was stated in the bible that the reason why Jesus died in the first place was to atone for the sins of man. There are still more aspects that help ferment what it is that shaped the holiday to the current state that it is in while still coinciding with other cultural folklore having to do with the holiday’s…show more content…
Eostre is very commonly portrayed as being surrounded by several rabbits, hence how the rabbits are associated as the mascot of Easter and her name is where we get the title Easter from. The presence of rabbits are even further associated in the development and symbolism of what it is that they have to do with Easter, as there is an old folk tale that tells how the pagan goddess Eostre came across a small bird that was injured by having its wings frozen solid, and saves the birds life by turning it into a rabbit. This rabbit had further appearances in future folklore, as it was said that good children were left decorated eggs as a reward for staying obedient and pure. Other forms of significance that the rabbit symbolizes is the fact that the rabbit is half rabbit and half bird, of which both animals share different forms of representations on fertility and birth. To explain, rabbits have very large litters comprising of up to 8 kits on average, giving evidence to why it is that rabbits would make a proper symbol of fertility and plentiful life. On the other hand, the rabbit of this folklore is still part bird, and it is generally interpreted that the symbolism behind that is the fact that birds lay eggs, and eggs also serve as a sort of physical representation of the coming too of new life, as several bugs and animals lay eggs that

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