The tradition of the Easter fire goes back to the pre-Christian times. The fire is already in ancient times human beings and gods were sacred. The six Vestal virgins (priestesses of the ancient Roman Vesta) had to make sure that never ran out of holy fire. In ancient times the fire was sacred. With spring fires in pagan times the sun was welcomed, considered the center of life. This cult was to ensure fertility, growth and harvest. The importance of the spring fire was in the 8th Century France transferred to the Christian faith. The victory over the winter and the awakening after a long cold period were re-interpreted the resurrection of Jesus, who lit the darkness as the light of day.
The inflammation of the holy Easter fire is a central event for Christians. The fire is lit on the Saturday before Easter at the church and consecrated. Because the Easter candle is lit, then three times in solemn procession with the singing of "Lumen Christi" (Light of Christ) is carried into the still dark church. In the Easter candle, in the 4th Century after Christ entrance into the Christian faith was to unite, to Greek, Jewish, Roman and Christian tradition light. As a symbol of life, the light is on all Christians to the Risen Jesus and for eternal life. The fire is on the Saturday before Easter, lit at the beginning of the liturgy during the Easter Vigil at the church and consecrated. From the Paschal candle is possible on Christening candles are lit. In many communities on the evening of Easter Sunday are burned huge bonfire, which in turn ignited with the Easter candle.
On Easter, the Easter candle is lit, which is then carried in solemn procession with the singing of the three times "Lumen Christi (Light of Christ) in the still dark church. As the old customs are still collected in numerous cities and towns in Germany by boys wood, twigs or similar combustible and piled to a great Easter.
The History of Eastern
The story of Easter is as old as the Christian faith. For in this feast of the Church of many believers around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. So one can say that the many theologians agree that this festival has a higher priority than, say, Christmas, for Easter points to the joy of victory and of the condemned to death, and since early Christian tradition on the third day of death Jesus celebrated. In this quarrel, however, the number of believers has always been, for while the followers of Protestant faith are of the opinion that the Good Friday is the highest holiday, many Catholics believe that only by resurrection on the third day are the real high is hard. For this, we cite that the Bible also says that only through the resurrection of Jesus, death was defeated and thus allows the life after death.
The History of the Easterbunny
Unfortunately, this is not entirely clear. One possible explanation is that the hare was the symbol of the fertility goddess Eostre. Since the rabbit yourself so rapidly increased, the connection was already close anyway. And as Ostara, the festival of Eostre, celebrated in the spring, and was the Christianization of Easter, the Easter bunny offered as symbols in somehow. Since the rabbit was integrated into it more or less of the Christian church in the whole history and mythology around Easter. There are plenty of examples in art and architecture from antiquity, in which the hare is a symbol of life and rebirth. Here, too, made the church to use existing iconography and, from the late Middle Ages and then the rabbits at Easter as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ is a. There was no mention of the Easter bunny is real but only at the end of the 17th Century. Ironically, from a doctor who warned against eating too many eggs. Really popular the Easter Bunny was not until two centuries later as toy figures and illustrated books, and of course Easter Bunny Chocolate Easter Bunny showed up, no one could escape the influence of the small Hoppler's cute.