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  • The Holiday Spot - Recipes, poems, games, activities, greetings and even Easter fonts. Something for everyone this Easter! 
  • Amazing Moms Easter - Lots of fun for Easter from games and coloring pages to stories and resources.
  • Black Dogs Easter Fun - Lots of online mazes and puzzles for Easter as well as postcards and wallpaper too! 
  • Bonus.com Easter Fun - A terrific fun Easter site from Bonus.com - lots of games, coloring pages and more in a very safe kids environment.
  • Truth or Tradition - Many Christians are aware that the word “Easter” does not occur in the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. As a matter of fact, the only place it can be found in an English version of the Bible is in the King James Version, which reads...
  • The True Origan of Easter - Easter is a worldwide tradition involving many customs that people believe to be Christian. What is the origin of Lent and sunrise services? How did rabbits, eggs and hot cross buns become associated with Christ’s Resurrection? Is Easter mentioned in the Bible? Did the apostles and early Church keep it? The answers will shock you!
  • Easter at Alphabet Soup -Poems, crafts, games, activities, lots of famous bunnies and special things to do this Easter just for kids!
  • Happy-Easter.com-These Easter pages from Scotland are both well done and LOTS of fun. Games, fact pop-ups, contests and more await you. Worth a surf.
  • Billy Bear's Easter for kids - As usual Billy Bear has a terrific holiday site for kids - lots of games, puzzles, and things to do just for Easter! Worth a surf.
  • Cool Spring Time Fruit Tea  - Here is a really great recipe for Cool Spring Time Fruit Tea.  It's perfect for Easter so grab that nice cool drink and come on inside our Easter pages and have some relaxing fun.
  • The True Origin of Easter -  Easter is a worldwide tradition involving many customs that people believe to be Christian. What is the origin of Lent and sunrise services? How did rabbits, eggs and hot cross buns become associated with Christ’s Resurrection? Is Easter mentioned in the Bible? Did the apostles and early Church keep it? The answers will shock you!  by: David C. Pack 
Who Doesn't Love Easter!
Easter was always my Daddy's favorite holiday. Off to church we would go in all our new clothes, then back home- While Mother was doing  finishing touches on our Traditional Easter Dinner, Daddy was outside hiding all the Easter Eggs. Daddy would hide eggs for both children and adults while Mother always took care of all the prizes. Hiding the eggs was quite the job for Daddy. It would take him a long time because he believed in lots of Easter Eggs. In fact we always had around 100 decorated eggs! The hiding of the eggs had to be just right and Daddy was the right person for the job! Daddy would remember where he hid every single egg too! Wow! Once the egg hunt was over, we all sat around the patio eating boiled eggs with salt and pepper-

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Easter (Old English Ēostre; Latin: Pascha; Greek Πάσχα Paskha, the latter two derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival & holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the 3rd day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, & penance.
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Footnotes
1)   The festival is referred to in English by a variety of different names including Easter Day, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day, and Resurrection Sunday. "Easter Day" is the traditional name in English for the principal feast of Easter, used (for instance) by the Book of Common Prayer, but in the 20th century "Easter Sunday" became widely used, despite this term's also referring to the following Sunday. Also called the Pasch Lisa D. Maugans Driver, Christ at the Center (Westminster John Knox Press 2009 ISBN 978-0-664-22897-2), p. 151 Everett Ferguson, Baptism in the Early Church (Eerdmans 2009 ISBN 978-0-8028-2748-7), p. 351 or Pascha
2)    IPA: [ˈæːɑstre, ˈeːostre]
3)    See for example "Old English Eastre is ultimately the goddess of the dawn, corresponding to the Roman goddess Aurōra and the Greek goddess Eōs, "The plainest example of the Dawn goddess's becoming attached to a single festival, and that in the spring, is that of the Anglo-Saxon Eostre and her postulated German counterpart Ôstara, who have given us Easter and the Ostertage. Our source does not connect Eostre with dawn, but that is undoubtedly the meaning of her name". Finally, comparative material such as Old English Eostre "permits us to posit a PIE ...'goddess of the dawn' who was characterized as a "reluctant" bringer of light for which she is punished. In three of the IE stocks, Baltic, Greek and Indo-Iranian, the existence of a PIE 'goddess of the dawn' is given additional linguistic support in that she is designated the 'daughter of heaven'. This can be seen in [corresponding Lithuanian, Greek, and Old Indian terms] which all derive from a PIE ...'daughter of heaven'. The corresponding 'son of heaven' is not lexically reconstructible but is both semantically and mythologically associated with the 'Divine Twins'"
4)    Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6; 27:9, 1 Cor 16:8
5)    Eusebius reports that Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria, proposed an 8-year Easter cycle, and quotes a letter from Anatolius, Bishop of Laodicea, that refers to a 19-year cycle. An 8-year cycle has been found inscribed on a statue unearthed in Rome in the 17th century, dated to the 3rd century


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References:
  • Norman Davies (20 January 1998). Europe: A History. HarperCollins. "In most European languages Easter is called by some variant of the late Latin word Pascha, which in turn derives from the Hebrew pesach, passover'."
  • Bernard Trawicky, Ruth Wilhelme Gregory (2000). Anniversaries and Holidays. American Library Association. "Easter is the central celebration of the Christian liturgical year. It is the oldest and most important Christian feast, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The date of Easter determines the dates of all movable feasts except those of Advent."
  • Aveni, Anthony (2004). "The Easter/Passover Season: Connecting Time's Broken Circle", The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays. Oxford University Press. pp. 64–78. ISBN 0-19-517154-3.
  • Peter C. Bower. The Companion to the Book of Common Worship. Geneva Press. Retrieved 11 April 2009. "Maundy Thursday (or le mandé; Thursday of the Mandatum, Latin, commandment). The name is taken from the first few words sung at the ceremony of the washing of the feet, "I give you a new commandment" (John 13:34); also from the commandment of Christ that we should imitate His loving humility in the washing of the feet (John 13:14–17). The term mandatum (maundy), therefore, was applied to the rite of foot-washing on this day."
  • Gail Ramshaw (2004). Three Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Augsburg Books. Retrieved 11 April 2009. "In the liturgies of the Three Days, the service for Maundy Thursday includes both, telling the story of Jesus' last supper and enacting the footwashing."
  • Leonard Stuart (1909). New century reference library of the world's most important knowledge: complete, thorough, practical, Volume 3. Syndicate Pub. Co. "Holy Week, or Passion Week, the week which immediately precedes Easter, and is devoted especially to commemorating the passion of our Lord. The Days more especially solemnized during it are Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday."
  • Frequently asked questions about the date of Easter
  • Weiser, Francis X. (1958). Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. p. 214. ISBN 0-15-138435-5.
  • "clipping the church". Oxford Reference. Oxford University Press. 
  • Anne Jordan (5 April 2000). Christianity. Nelson Thornes. "Easter eggs are used as a Christian symbol to represent the empty tomb. The outside of the egg looks dead but inside there is new life, which is going to break out. The Easter egg is a reminder that Jesus will rise from His tomb and bring new life. Orthodox Christians dye boiled eggs red to represent the blood of Christ shed for the sins of the world."
  • The Guardian, Volume 29. H. Harbaugh. 1878. "Just so, on that first Easter morning, Jesus came to life and walked out of the tomb, and left it, as it were, an empty shell. Just so, too, when the Christian dies, the body is left in the grave, an empty shell, but the soul takes wings and flies away to be with God. Thus you see that though an egg seems to be as dead as a sone, yet it really has life in it; and also it is like Christ's dead body, which was raised to life again. This is the reason we use eggs on Easter. (In olden times they used to color the eggs red, so as to show the kind of death by which Christ died,-a bloody death.)"
  • Gordon Geddes, Jane Griffiths (22 January 2002). Christian belief and practice. Heinemann. Retrieved 7 April 2012. "Red eggs are given to Orthodox Christians after the Easter Liturgy. They crack their eggs against each other's. The cracking of the eggs symbolizes a wish to break away from the bonds of sin and misery and enter the new life issuing from Christ's resurrection."
  • Vicki K. Black (1 July 2004). The Church Standard, Volume 74. Church Publishing, Inc.  "In parts of Europe, the eggs were dyed red and were then cracked together when people exchanged Easter greetings. Many congregations today continue to have Easter egg hunts for the children after the services on Easter Day."
  • The Church Standard, Volume 74. Walter N. Hering. 1897. "When the custom was carrierd over into Christian practice the Easter eggs were usually sent to the priests to be blessed and sprinked with holy water. In later times the coloring and decorating of eggs was introduced, and in a royal roll of the time of Edward I., which is preserved in the Tower of London, there is an entry of 18d. for 400 eggs, to be used for Easter gifts."
  • From Preparation to Passion. 2010. "So what preparations do most Christians and non-Christians make? Shopping for new clothing often signifies the belief that Spring has arrived, and it is a time of renewal. Preparations for the Easter Egg Hunts and the Easter Ham for the Sunday dinner are high on the list too."
  • Duchak, Alicia (2002). An A-Z of Modern America. Rutledge.
  • Barnhart, Robert K. The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology, p. 229. (1995) HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-270084-7
  • West, M. L.. Indo-European Myth and Culture, p. 227, cf. 217–218. (2007). Oxford University Press
  • Mallory, J. P. and Adams, Douglas Q.. Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, pp. 148–149. (1997) Taylor & Francis.
  • "History of Easter". The History Channel website. A&E Television Networks. 
  • Karl Gerlach (1998). The Antenicene Pascha: A Rhetorical History. Peeters Publishers. p. XVIII. "The second century equivalent of easter and the paschal Triduum was called by both Greek and Latin writers "Pascha (πάσχα)", a Greek transliteration of the Aramaic form of the Hebrew פֶּסַח, the Passover feast of Ex. 12."
  • Karl Gerlach (1998). The Antenicene Pascha: A Rhetorical History. Peters Publishers. p. 21. "For while it is from Ephesus that Paul writes, "Christ our Pascha has been sacrificed for us," Ephesian Christians were not likely the first to hear that Ex 12 did not speak about the rituals of Pesach, but the death of Jesus of Nazareth."
  • Vicki K. Black (1 July 2004). Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church. Church Publishing, Inc. "Easter is still called by its older Greek name, Pascha, which means "Passover", and it is this meaning as the Christian Passover-the celebration of Jesus' triumph over death and entrance into resurrected life-that is the heart of Easter in the church. For the early church, Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the Jewish Passover feast: through Jesus, we have been freed from slavery of sin and granted to the Promised Land of everlasting life."
  • 1 Corinthians 15:12–20
  • Torrey, Reuben Archer (1897). "The Resurrection of Christ". Torrey's New Topical Textbook. Retrieved 2013-03-31. (interprets primary source references in this section as applying to the Resurrection)
  • "The Letter of Paul to the Corinthians". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  • Romans 1:4 - Acts 17:31
  • "Jesus Christ". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  • 1 Peter 1:3 - Romans 6:4 - 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • John 1:29, Revelation 5:6, 1 Peter 1:19, 1 Peter 1:2, and the associated notes and Passion Week table in Barker, Kenneth, ed. (2002). Zondervan NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. p. 1520. ISBN 0-310-92955-5.
  • Karl Gerlach (1998). The Antenicene Pascha: A Rhetorical History. Peeters Publishers. pp. 32, 56.
  • Exodus 12:6 - Exodus 12:18, John 13:2, John 18:28, John 19:14.
  • Barker, Kenneth, ed. (2002). Zondervan NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. ISBN 0-310-92955-5.
  • John 18:28 - Leviticus 23:8
  • "Homily on the Pascha". Kerux (Northwest Theological Seminary). 
  • Cheslyn Jones, Geoffrey Wainwright, Edward Yarnold, and Paul Bradshaw, Eds., The Study of Liturgy, Revised Edition, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992, p. 474.
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Liturgical
  •   50 Catholic Prayers for Easter
  •   Liturgical Resources for Easter
  •   Holy Pascha: The Resurrection of Our Lord (Orthodox icon and synaxarion)

Traditions
  •   Liturgical Meaning of Holy Week (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia)
  •   Easter in the Armenian Orthodox Church
  •   Roman Catholic View of Easter (from the Catholic Encyclopedia)
  •   Easter in Belarus: In Pictures on the official website of the Republic of Belarus
  •   Polish Easter Traditions

Calculating
  •  A Perpetual Easter and Passover Calculator Julian and Gregorian Easter for any year plus other info
  •   Almanac—The Christian Year Julian or Gregorian Easter and associated festivals for any year
  •   Easter Dating Method for calculator
  •   Dates for Easter 1583–9999
  •   Orthodox Paschal Calculator Julian Easter and associated festivals in Gregorian calendar 1583–4099
  •   About the Greek Easter and Greek Easter Calculator Orthodox Paschal calculator with technical discussion and full source code in javascript
Research also:
  •  Easter customs
  •  Life of Jesus in the New Testament
  •  Resurrection of Jesus
  •  Greek words (wiktionary): Πάσχα (Easter) vs πάσχα (Passover) vs πάσχω (to suffer).

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