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History of Easter

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To most Christians, Easter is a holiday celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. To others, Easter is the celebration of spring.

According St. Bede, an English historian, Easter’s origin comes from an old mythology.The name of Easter was derived from Eostre, which was the Greek goddess of Spring. It was believed by some that every year the Greek goddess of Spring would return to Mother Earth after a freezing, long winter and bring warmth and sunlight to melt the snow and make the cold weather disappear. The Greeks held festivals back then to welcome the Goddess of Spring and celebrate the season of spring.

The Christian church had a different way of looking at the holiday. Instead of celebrating spring, the Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church changed the date of the festival, so it was on the first Sunday following the full moon. Easter is celebrated on different days every year so Easter can fall as early as March 22nd or as late as April 25th.

Worldwide, Easter is celebrated as either the welcoming of spring by some or the resurrection of Jesus Christ to others.

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