Easter > History
Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated
on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that
year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine. In 325 AD, the
Council of Nicaea fixed the day as 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the
21st of March. The origin of Easter is thought to be the Anglo-Saxon goddess of
the Dawn and Spring named Eostre.
Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a special time when we welcome back the Tulips, the Crocuses and the Daffodils. Its a time of new suits, new dresses and patent leather shoes.
Easter is a vernal equinox festival that honors the coming of spring and the
sun. Easter is a time of Joy - It is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus
Christ, the son of Christian God. The festival lasts a month and is called
Eastur-monath (pron. eh-YAW-stir MOH-nawth). When Christianity arrived, the
church substituted Paschal fires, fires for Christ, for the old ones. Easter
became Christ’s resurrection. (1, 2)
Lent: Lent comes from the word Lenctentid (pron LENG-ten-teed), which means the
time of lengthening. The entire spring season is called Lenctentid. It honors
the god Llen who takes the form of the Giant of Loch Léin and has the monastic
island of Lérins named after him.
Good Friday is the day that he died on the cross. Holy Saturday is a vigil and
Easter is the celebration of Christ’s ressurection. (1, 2)