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On this Maundy page you will find definitions, information and facts surrounding the Christian festival of Easter.
Easter is a Christian feast commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus.
Easter is an annual church festival commemorating Christ's resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day after Good Friday
Easter is the day on which this feast is observed, the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox.
In the Church of England Easter dues are the money due to the clergy at Easter.
Easter is generally accounted the most important holiday of the Christian year, observed each spring to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (after his death by crucifixion.
Easter's name in English (and other Germanic languages) is said to derive from Eostre, a pagan goddess, whose primary festival fell in the spring and in whose month, 'Eostremonat,' Easter generally fell. (The etymology is contested.)
In Western Christianity Easter Day always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. The following day, Easter Monday, is recognized as a legal holiday in most countries with a significant Christian tradition (with the notable exception of the United States).
An Easter egg is a specially painted, colored or chocolate egg used as a present at Easter.
Easter eggs are given as presents to celebrate the Easter Holiday.
In the past dyed and painted chicken eggs were exchanged at Easter, but nowadays commercial chocolate eggs are given at Easter.
Eggs and rabbits are fertility symbols, and this association is clearly seen at the Easter Festival which occurs in Spring.
Easter Eggs are also used to refer to hidden features and surprises in computer programmes.
Some related terms: Easter bunny, Easter cactus, Easter card, Easter daisy, Easter Day, Easter egg, Easter egging, Easter lily, Easter lily vine, Easter Sunday, Easter Tide, Eastertide
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