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A Brief History of Easter

Easter is a Christian festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. It is always held on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. The Bible says that Christ died on the cross on a day called Good Friday and Jesus was then resurrected and came back to life on Easter. The Holiday was named after the Anglo-Saxon Goddess, Eostre. Eostre was known as the Goddess of Dawn and Light.

Many Christians celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and ringing of church bells. In the UK people give each other chocolate Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. They also prepare Easter egg hunts in their gardens all over the country.

Beyond eggs, there are many Easter meals enjoyed around the world such as sweet breads and pastries, meat, lamb and plenty of cakes and cookies. The lamb is the most common emblem of Easter. In Christianity, the reference to lamb comes from the book of Genesis. In recent centuries, the meeting with a lamb, particularly at Easter, was considered a lucky omen. Pretzels actually used to be associated with Easter because the twists resemble arms crossing in prayer. From the 1950s, it was a tradition for Germans to eat a pretzel and a hard-boiled egg for dinner on Good Friday.

Many people celebrate Easter doing Easter related activities such as Egg and Spoon race, Egg hunts, Egg roll, Steal the Egg, Egg Decorating contest, Easter candy taste test and Hot Boiled egg.

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