Easter Sunday, celebrating Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, is Christianity's most important day. On this greatest day of the Christian year, all fasting and sombre thoughts are banished.
The exact origins of Easter as the name for this time are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts........
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In various Christian churches, but not by all means all, a paschal candle is lit. But what does it signify?
The most likely origin is that it derived from the Lucernarium, the evening office with which early Christians began the vigil for every Sunday and especially that of Easter.
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The custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. This miracle showed that life could win over death. When Easter was first celebrated, Christians adopted the egg symbol with the broken shell of the egg compared to the opening of Jesus’ tomb during his resurrection.
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