Easter is the most important festival in the Christian church year, but what is Easter?
It begins with Good Friday. Christians are convinced by trust and acceptance that the Romans killed Jesus Christ in Jerusalem about two thousand years ago. They believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion.
Religion is important but there are other important traditions associated with Easter holiday time, as well. The foundation of this belief is the significance of resurrection, re-birth, new life and fertility. This is the reason why the Cross, Easter eggs, Easter rabbits or hares (Easter bunnies) and Spring have evolved over the centuries as symbols of mythological and religious faith in the context of Easter. In fact one of the ancient fables about Easter eggs is that the Saxon fertility goddess Eostre (or Ostara) endowed upon the rabbit or hare, the ability to lay eggs in all the colours of the rainbow. Springing into life, following a harsh and lifeless Winter, has a deep primeval significance.
Maundy Thursday is an ancient tradition derived from Christ washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday. This year there was a poignant moment when Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 refugees at a migrant centre in Castelnuovo di Porto outside of Rome, Italy. Take a look here:
Pope Francis Washes Refugees' Feet In Catholic Ritual
The pope also officially decreed that women -- previously barred from the ceremony -- would now be included.
Hot Cross Buns were probably originally used in ceremonies and rituals and the Christian Church attempted to ban the buns, although they proved too popular. Left with no alternative but defeat, the church did the next best thing and Christianised the bread with Queen Elizabeth I passing a law, which limited the bun's consumption to proper religious ceremonies, such as Christmas, Easter or funerals.
This well-known nursery rhyme dates to around the early 19th century when these specialist buns were hawked by street-sellers to the cry of "Hot cross buns.”
“Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns, hot cross buns,
one a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns.
If you have no daughters,
give them to your sons,
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns.”
Commercialisation of this festival followed soon afterwards, evolving into the multi-million pound industry it is today. This includes the sending of various types of Easter cards; Easter cards for kids, religious Easter cards, funny Easter cards and happy Easter cards, to name but a few. Easter holiday cards are popular, not only in Britain but throughout the world.
The concept of greeting cards are said to have started with the ancient Egyptians who exchanged wishes in the form of personal notes on simple slips of papyrus. It is interesting that ancient Greek and Chinese cultures ‘invented’ similar communications around the same time. All these were the fore-runners of the handmade paper greeting cards, which had become a popular means of communicating good wishes by the early 13th century.
The invention of the postage stamp, the penny Black, introduced in 1840 in Great Britain, was the catalyst for this phenomenon. It immediately turned the greeting card into a popular mode of sending personal messages, spring boarding Easter post into commercial production on a massive scale.
Greeting cards began to be created for a number of occasions. Easter was mainly seen as a religious festival and the use of greeting cards was not proven popular until the late 1890s. Easter greetings cards were literally conceived in Europe when a stationer in Victorian England added a greeting to a drawing of a rabbit. It gave birth to the modern Easter holiday greeting card adorned with symbols related to the occasion such as chickens, eggs, rabbits, the Holy Cross etc.
Today, greeting cards have become a popular medium to express blessed wishes at Easter. Easter is now the fourth most popular holiday in terms of sending cards, ranking just behind Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
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