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Passover and Good Friday. 4/15/2022

What do these days mean?

Passover and Good Friday fall on the same day, making for more religious observances. Friday marks the beginning of Passover in the Jewish faith and Good Friday for Christians worldwide.

Good Friday holds a lot of significance for Christians. Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for the betterment of the people, who could then move on to the path of salvation. Therefore, the day is observed to remember the sacrifices that Christ made.

Passover refers to “passing over,” or sparing, Israelites' firstborn sons. The full story of the liberation of the Israelites is long, which is why it takes up an entire book in the Torah.

Easter is one of the principal holidays, or feasts, of Christianity. It marks the Resurrection of Jesus three days after his death by crucifixion. For many Christian churches, Easter is the joyful end to the Lenten season of fasting and penitence.

What is with the easter eggs

Early Christians in Mesopotamia dyed eggs in the period after Easter. The practice was adopted by the Orthodox Churches, and from there it spread into Western Europe. Eggs represent new life and rebirth, and it's thought that this ancient custom was absorbed into Easter celebrations. The egg hunt became an Easter tradition in 16th-century Germany. Martin Luther held egg hunts at the church for his congregation, where the women and children would look for eggs that the men hid around the property. This practice is symbolic of the women who discovered that the tomb was empty after the resurrection

Where did this bunny come from?

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre—a goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have traditionally symbolized fertility. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates, and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. This is why some children might enjoy Easter egg hunts as part of the festival. When they come up with an egg-laying rabbit, I could only attribute a clashing narrative...

In Closing...

Why did I decide to write about this? I wanted everyone to know a brief description of what each of these days stands for. We have a very diverse following across this platform. If someone learns something new, it is not in vain.

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