Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter Celebration Part 2

This is the part 2 of our easter weekend getaway. Last Sunday(Easter Sunday) we drove down to San Jose to celebrate the Easter Sunday. We had a brief bible study hosted by my brother-in-law who happens to be a missionary from Morocco.

It was fun seeing some members of Greg's family, and it was great to spend time with them as well. Akesha had a blast playing with her cousins. She also got to enjoy the easter egg hunting.

One of my blogger friends from Malaysia approached me last week if I could share a "write-up on this festival". So I guess I'll share the history about how Easter Celebrations started. So just scroll down for details.

The meaning of the many different customs observed during Easter Sunday have been buried with time. Their origins lie in both pre-Christian religions and Christianity. In one way or another all the customs are a "salute to spring" marking re-birth.

The white Easter lily has come to capture the glory of the holiday. The word "Easter" is named after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. A festival was held in her honor every year at the vernal equinox.

People celebrate Easter according to their beliefs and their religious denominations. Christians commemorate Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ died and Easter Sunday as the day that He was resurrected. Protestant settlers brought the custom of a sunrise service, a religious gathering at dawn, to the United States.

Who is the Easter Bunny?

Today on Easter Sunday, many children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of candy. He has also hidden the eggs that they decorated earlier that week. Children hunt for the eggs all around the house. Neighborhoods and organizations hold Easter egg hunts, and the child who finds the most eggs wins a prize.

The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Long ago, he was called the "Easter Hare", hares and rabbits have frequent multiple births so they became a symbol of fertility. The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass. The Romans believed that "All life comes from an egg." Christians consider eggs to be "the seed of life" and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


vhingF said...

sa nursery book rhymes ko yan...hehehehehe..nice at alam mo pa talaga!ako 4gotten ko na...kc di pa ready maging granny ..hahahaha.

so many baskets...ang daming grand childrens...enjoyable ang mga yells and mga tili ng mga small kids.galing !...ang saya-saya cguro ni in.

Anonymous said...

ay galing nman nyan pare pareho mga basket nila he he cguro saya jan kc dami nya kaagaw nung naghunting xa tapos may alalay pa c papa

me said...

Wow haba naman ng easter celebration natin Inday Sis..yeah you're right about my eyes..I really think I need glasses..tha stubborn person that I am despite my condition I still can't keep my hands off my PC..still play even if I am not feeling well..

krykie said...

wee ate dhemz, hehe
palagi namang masya si akesha :D
esp. with her cousins.

bonding ever talaga ehehe Ü

close na close sila.

pet said...

ang daming basket ah! sempre alam kong tuwa si akesha mo sa mga ganayn event..super cute na bata at blonde hair pa..hmmmmm, baka paglaki nyan magkarate din!

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

hi sis, gusto ko yung kulay ng mga baskets ..very colorful talaga...ang saya sa mata ^_^ talagang ang sweet ni habibi mo...very supportive ke cute akesha ^_^

Chubskulit Rose said...

wow manang super naman sa kaligayahan ang mga bagets noh hehehe... nakarami ba si akesha? si rye nung inaagawan sya ng ibang bata gusto umiyak hahaha..

Dean and Lee Schroeder said...

ahahaha, madaya man si daddy oi kay maghelp kay akesha to look for eggs hehehe... stage daddy diay sya Dhemz? hehehe