Where does the name 'Easter' come from?
The English word "Easter" comes from the word "Eostre". The Anglo-Saxon word for April was "Eostre-monath" (the month of openings). The month was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre.
What is the Easter story?
Easter is the story of Jesus' last days in Jerusalem before his death.
I believe, we need to visit the hen-house once more.
Holy Week is the week before Easter, commemorating events in the last days of Jesus' life on Earth. It begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Monday.
Special Days in Holy Week.
Palm Sunday the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem.
Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) Last Supper and the betrayal by Judas.
Good Friday (Holy Friday) the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ.
Holy Saturday the Sabbath on which Jesus rested in the grave.
Let's speak about these days in detail.
Maundy Thursday Ceremony
In Britain today, the Queen follows a very traditional role of giving Maundy Money to a group of pensioners. The tradition of the Sovereign giving money to the poor dates from the 13th century, from the reign of Edward I.
Every year on this day, the Queen attends a Royal Maundy service in one of the many cathedrals. 'Maundy money' is distributed to male and female pensioners near the Cathedral where the Service takes place.
Yeomen of the Guards carry the Maundy Money in white and red leather purses on golden trays on their heads.
What is Maundy Money? Around 80 million chocolate eggs are eaten each year in Britain.
Easter Monday, another UK Public Holiday, has little religious significance but is the occasion for numerous secular customs. Long ago in Germany there lived an old, loving woman who adored children. Each year she would give children gifts to celebrate spring. One year she had nothing to give because it was a bad year and she had become very poor. All she had were some eggs. She did not want to disappoint the children, so quickly before they arrived for their gifts, she coloured the eggs and hid them in the grass. На территории Канады, в местечке Вегревилль, расположенном к востоку от Эдмонтона и населенном, в основном, этническими украинцами, находится самое большое в мире пасхальное яйцо: его длина - 8, а ширина - 5 м. Эта «писанка» весом около 2270 кг сделана из обломков самолетов. Она поворачивается по ветру, как гигантский флюгер, и видна за многие километры. Обхватить этот шедевр можно лишь вдвадцатером, а разбить - разве что тяжелой артиллерией. Однако же, самым замечательным в нем, по-видимому, является то, что при его изготовлении не пострадал ни один цыпленок. 5. DECORATE wikipedia.org