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Hop-py Easter! Posted On 28 March 2018

It’s that time again for the Easter bunnies and Easter egg hunts – but what does it all mean?

Apart from eating lots of chocolate, decorating chocolate eggs, and embarking on Easter egg hunts, Easter is principally a time of religious celebration, with many viewing Easter as the greatest feast of the church year.
Easter Sunday traditionally signifies the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty, when an angel then told her that Jesus had risen. As such, Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are both symbols which represent fertility and new life. The symbol of the cross, such as those found on hot cross buns which are typically eaten on Good Friday, represent Jesus Christ and the crucifixion.

You may think Easter is a holiday consisting of one or two days, but in fact the whole week leading up to Easter Sunday is often referred to as Holy Week, comprising the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

Many centuries ago, The Council of Nicaea in fact decided that the Easter date would be the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox. Easter is therefore delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday.

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