Oral presentation on Easter by Théo and Aymane

Today we've listened to Aymane and Théo's presentation on Easter. They brought chocolate eggs for those who could answer their questions !

Read their glog and the following summary to know more

A few historical reminders
Easter was originally a pagan festival.

Pagan traditions give us the English word "Easter" which comes from the word "Eostre". The Anglo-Saxon word for April was "Eostre-monath" (the month of openings). However, it should be remembered that Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ long before the word "Easter" was used, and the word they used for the celebration was "Pascha", which is derived from and linked to the Jewish festival of Passover.

 

According to Bede, the English monastic historian, the English word Easter comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of April, which was known as "Eostremonath" in the AngloSaxon tongue and since Pascha was most often celebrated in Eostremonath, the English Christians began calling it "Easter". Bede also notes that the month was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre.

Rituals related to the goddess Eostre focus on new beginnings, symbolized by the Easter egg, and fertility, which is symbolized by the hare (or Easter bunny).

Why does the date of Easter move?

Easter is called a moveable feast because the date of Easter changes every year. Easter Sunday can fall on any date from 22 March to 25 April.

The reason for this variation in the date of Easter is based on the lunar calendar rather than our more well-known solar one.

Easter always falls on the first Sunday following the full Moon (the Paschal Full Moon) after 21 March. If the Full Moon falls on a Sunday then Easter is the next Sunday.

A few symbols and traditions

·         The Easter bunny  : it was the symbol of fertility of the goddess Eastre   

·      ·         The Easter egg  : The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a very old custom .  The egg was a symbol of birth in most cultures .

·          Hot Cross Buns  are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday ( Vendredi Saint) , with the cross standing as a symbol of The Crucifixion. Yummy and scrummy !

Morris Dancing can also be performed but not necessarily for Easter though…

Here is a link if you want to watch it .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1gPT6pTTB8

 Optional : here is a link to know how easter is celebrated around the world:

http://www.easterbunnys.net/easteraroundtheworld.htm

http://www.easterbunnys.net/easteraroundtheworld.htm

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