Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter

Christians all over the world celebrate Easter with great festivities. When is Easter? I think it is the only Christian festival that is based on the stars. It falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This can happen on any date from March 22 to April 25

Aren’t these Easter eggs beautiful? I think that historically these delicacies were not part of Malabar (Kerala) Christian culture. We had never heard of Easter eggs during my childhood. But slowly they made the scene and today Easter celebrations are not complete without them. Well, if Valentine’s Day can be marketed in India, why not Easter eggs.
Easter signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It was the fulfillment of His mission to earth. “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.”
What is the significance of Easter eggs? It seems that in many ancient communities egg was a symbol of new life and immortality. So it became an icon of the eternal life offered through resurrection.
I don’t think the Easter bunny has any religious significance.
Happy Easter.


Also see: Memories: Passion Week, half a century back


Public Domain images from Wikimedia Commons





3 comments:

Indrani said...

Happy Easter to you, Sir.

Maddy said...

Happy easter Abe to you and all in your family..

Abraham Tharakan said...

indrani, maddy,
Thank you very much for the greetings.