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The duality of Easter celebrations: secular and religious

Easter is celebrated on Sunday, April 21 this year. Easter is celebrated in both religious and secular ways. The Christian aspect of the holiday, which includes church services, is often combined with visits from the Easter Bunny and hunts for dyed Easter eggs.

The holiday holds cherished traditions that bring joy and provide continuity from one generation to the next.

For many, it is a profoundly religious holiday that honors the resurrection of their Savior.

cross-2713356 1280 The date of Easter celebration varies from March to April, depending on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or just after the spring equinox.

Easter follows a period of fasting called Lent, 40 days of fasting, prayer, and sacrifice. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday.

Easter is a significant date within Christianity and is the foundation of the Christian faith. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While Good Friday marks Jesus’s crucifixion, Easter Sunday is a day for Christians to celebrate His resurrection. Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected at the time of the Jewish Passover.

In the New Testament, Jesus fulfilled prophecy and through His death, has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those who believe in His death and resurrection.

The Easter Bunny is a folkloric tradition. German settlers brought the Easter Bunny tradition to America in the 1700s. Their children made nests so this creature could lay its colored eggs — eventually, the custom spread.

In the United States, the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded leaving children baskets with toys and candies on Easter morning.

basket-colourful-decoration-356330 The Easter egg is a tradition that originated from pagan spring festivals that celebrated fertility.

Christians intertwined this pagan tradition with religious significance.

Easter egg hunts feature eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition dating back to the 13th century.

One explanation is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during Lent, so people would paint and decorate the eggs marking the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Easter remains one of the most religious celebrations in the world. The Easter season stands out as a time of celebration and joy.

For centuries, pagan traditions and folk customs including the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, baskets, and candy have become a part of this holy holiday.

Melissa Jones is an experienced mass market and e-commerce buyer with over 15 years in the floriculture industry.