Easter 2021 is on the first Sunday of April! The event is on the 4th of April, which comes after Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday. Some western Christians— who follow the Gregorian calendars— celebrate Easter between March 22 and April 25th.
According to the Eastern Orthodox Christian community, Easter is to be celebrated on the Sunday between April 4 and May 8, as they follow the Julian calendar.
We’ve already established when the Christian communities celebrate Easter, but do you ever wonder why is Easter called Easter in the first place? Isn’t it strange that we simply follow a term without realizing its significance and history? Well, that’s not going to be the case here. Before discussing various traditions of Easter, like Easter egg hunts, we’re going to dig intohow the event got its name!
The word Easter comes from Eostre, who is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility and spring. Many historians believe that Easter comes from albis which is actually a Latin phrase. The meaning of the term is ‘dawn’!
So, we can make out from the different terms that Easter is supposed to be a new day and spring suggests that we should adapt and bloom!
Easter is, of course, a religious event so we must also discuss its importance in the light of religion.
In the western Christian community, like some Roman Catholics and Protestants, the event of Easter holds higher significance. It’s the time for fasting and lent, which starts with Ash Wednesday and lasts till the next 40 years (excluding Sundays).
You should also know that the Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday which is, again, incredibly significant because religiously speaking, that’s the day when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. It is noticed across the globe that some churches prefer to start Easter observances in the late hours of the day, right before Holy Saturday; this special service is known as Easter Vigil.
Easter often begins with Great Lent - as an event called Clean Monday. Christians have one last event before Easter,called Palm Sunday, which indicates the beginning of a Holy Week.
Easter Egg Hunts& Other Traditions
Okay, now that we know the meaning of Easter and where it comes from, we can move to another section which is about Easter traditions. Actually, this is where things boost up and the element of fun comes to play
The most important traditions that we’ve seen worldwide are that of Easter Egg Hunts - this often takes the form of a festival where kids and families can come and enjoy. Children indulge in egg hunting activities, meanwhile adults try to blend in by painting their faces with fun colors and designs. Christian also take pictures with Easter bunnies and arrange delicious feasts for family and friends!
You can also enjoy and participate in these events.All you need to do is find out where this event is happening near you! And you know what? We’re here to tell you just that!
If you live in the United States, you are in for a treat!
In Mesa Arizona, you can enjoy a great day out with kids. They’ve arranged egg hunting activities as well as fun train rides! Pasadena California is also holding these event so that kids in its neighborhood can come and enjoy a day full of fun activities like that of the Egg Bowl. They’ve got a massive feast planned for the adult attendees as well!
If you’re in Colorado, you should check out Golden, as they’ve planned a game for the kids where kids would have to find stuffed eggs that were scattered all over the park - and that, too, at the sound of the bell. This sounds like a great game!
Citizens living near Winter Park in Florida can also have a wild day out, as the organizers have arranged a great Easter egg hunt for you guys! There are apparently 1400 eggs all throughout the park and the entrée is free.
Chicago, Illinois is also arranging a festival for its citizens, so prepare yourself for a fun day of rides and arts. You can also take photographs with its famous Easter bunny and participate in the Easter egg hunt.
The food and Easter Bunny are incredibly significant when it comes to Easter. They hold symbolic value as well as historical roots. Basically, the bunny is supposed to hand out chocolate eggs to children - much like Santa who delivers gifts on Christmas! Similarly, people are supposed to prepare an Easter basket when going for the popular hunting festival.
As far as the feast is concerned, the lamb is symbolic as the animal that sacrifices, and so, it is often served during the Passover.
Anyway, we hope you discovered fun facts about the great Easter event, and if you did (please let us know in the comment section below), do give our Facebook page a like!
Also, if you want to find out about the US Easter Egg Hunts, Easter guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, do check out this blog! Its a great Easter guide – so get your spirits high for the holiday season and start your preparations for the egg hiding event