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    • Easter Traditions Name and date come from a pagan feast commemorating the Spring Sun
    • Celebration Date
      • First Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of spring
      • Comes close to Passover, but no longer tied to that date!
    • Easter Traditions Eggs tied to Easter - also of heathen origin
    • Easter Traditions
      • Beginning of life
      • Most creation stories show the earth as an egg
      • Eggs offered as sacrifices to propitiate (appease) the spirits
    • Easter Traditions Eggs were brought to the church in the 4th century to be blessed at Easter -- some Jews use colored eggs at Passover too
    • Easter Traditions Hare and eggs appear to have originated in Germany
    • Easter Traditions Christian German woman wanted to give a gift to the children of her village - eggs were all she could afford
    • Easter Traditions She boiled the eggs with roots and mosses to color them (God makes fruits and berries pretty as well as good tasting)
    • Easter Traditions The children thought that the hens laid the colored eggs, but one little girl said no, it couldn’t have been hens - it must have been a hare!
    • Easter Traditions Meaning for Christians: Rising of Jesus from the grave (resurrection)