Holidays change – some say that holidays ‘evolve’. How people celebrate holidays, what rituals or customs figure prominently, even the meaning of the holiday may change!
In the USA Easter is one of those holidays that has changed or been changed (The commercial-ization of holidays appears to be a global phenomenon, e.g. Spring Festival in China or Ramadan in Saudi Arabia.)
Test your familiarity with the holiday commonly referred to as Easter.
The word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing worn by people who were being baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared… (continue reading here).
So, what’s with all the Easter Bunny stuff, the candy, the colored eggs, the parades or the Easter sales? As suggested earlier holidays change or are changed. When the meaning of a holiday becomes hidden, by other customs, well… how best to celebrate it?
Easter, Resurrection Day, need not remain shrouded in unrelated customs, however. Some may simply ignore the holiday counting it to be one more excuse that Americans use to buy and sell. OR, you may want to investigate further:
As a guest in an american home
What is the “dress code”?
How many can you guess correctly? True or False?
Sample reading from the Bible about events leading to the birth of Jesus:
… God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
Read for yourself in the Bible, Gospel of Luke, chapters 1-2.
Answers to above:
1- False 2- False, Santa is a myth 3- False 4- True. “Christmas” is a religious/Christian worship service that celebrates the birth of Jesus (the Christ). 5- True 6- True 7- True 8- False, in December it is summer in Australia 9- False on every account! 10- What do you think and why?