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Catch the spirit of Easter - this year observed on Sunday, March 27, 2016 - with our online guide to this year's big Easter sales, homemade Easter baskets, decorations, egg-dyeing projects and other fun activities,
plus related Easter story features.
Also check out a complete Easter web guide to other top resources around the Web offering lesson plans and coloring pages, along with lots of Easter fun facts, history and trivia behind the holiday .....
All about Easter meaning and symbols
Although observed today by Christians in a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, historians point to the holiday's much earlier roots in ancient spring rituals.
The rabbit in ancient Egypt (today, it's the Easter bunny), for example, was recognized as a natural sign of renewal. This belief spread to the Greeks, and then to the Romans who shared it with the rest of Europe.
The Celts and other early European pagan groups, as well, celebrated the rabbit during the festival of Eastre, honoring the ancient goddess of the dawn and springtime.
Another animal associated with springtime, of course, is the lamb — connected to a Biblical description of Jesus as the Lamb of God — which, in turn, harks back to even more ancient Jewish sacrificial rituals! Today, modern Christian families will still sit down to an Easter feast based on a favorite roast leg of lamb recipe to reenact the ancient practice based in Biblical times.
Finally, what would Easter be without eggs? Another symbol of birth and renewal, the egg naturally represents new life and hope for the future. The symbol is still honored today by children worldwide in the tradition of learning to dye Easter eggs in a fun family get together.
On Easter Sunday, the entire family will dress up in their finest Easter clothes, attend church services, and exchange gifts of Easter flowers, chocolate, jelly beans and other fanciful treats to celebrate the day.
All told, even with its deeply solemn religious connotations Easter remains a thoroughly modern tradition celebrating life, hope, and renewal.
With best wishes for a Happy and Joyous Easter ....
2015 Easter Sales
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Easter Trivia, History & Fun Facts
This Easter, impress your friends and loved ones with tiny morsels of Easter trivia goodness -- with fun facts and interesting information on the history and mystery of Easter ....
Basket Cupcake Recipes
to make and even more fun to eat, these Easter
basket cupcakes are sure to be hit with the kids
this holiday season. Check out the complete recipe
with ingredient list plus more ideas for dressing
up Easter desserts ....
Peeps on Parade!
ya peeps - and get 'em while they're still bright,
soft and marshmallowy - or allow them to air dry
for a few days for that just right soft-crunchy
Peeps goodness. Discover more about everybody's
most popular edible Easter character with our
Web tribute to gelatin, corn syrup & yellow
dye #5 ....
More about Easter around the Web:
Glorious Easter - Lots of devotional and religious
resources marking the day, plus kid-friendly crafts,
recipes, Easter plays and skits, puzzles and games and
other fun stuff from teacherhelp.org.
whyeaster?.com - A great overview beginning with Shrove Tuesday and
Lenten traditions and highlighting traditional Easter
celebrations, stories, crafts, coloring pages, recipes.
Dating Method - When is Easter in, say, 2024? For the quick answer
to the movable feast, simply scan the tables for pinpointing
the date within the last 300 or next 300 years, or do
the math with instructions for making precise calculations
for any year from 326 A.D. to 4099.
2015 Easter Parades & Events
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