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Here are the latest articles and postings about Easter from our holiday blog site Holiday Rap

(April 25) Today we?re celebrating . . . Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday

Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday
After Easter events include egg rolling competitions (ex. White House Easter Egg Roll) and, in many Catholic countries, dousing other people with holy water blessed the day before at Easter Sunday Mass.

In the United States, Dyngus Day celebrations are widespread and popular in Buffalo, New York and South Bend, Indiana. In Buffalo’s eastern suburbs, Dyngus Day is celebrated with a level of enthusiasm that rivals St. Patrick’s Day. Common tradition is to buy pussy willow (Salix discolor) to display in the home; this is tied to the “striking” custom from Poland, where goat willow, the European type of pussy willow, was traditionally used for whipping the legs of girls. In South Bend, the day is often used to launch the year’s political campaign season (particularly among Democrats)- often from within the West-Side Democratic Club, the Falcons Club or in local pubs, where buying drinks is favored over handshaking.

Starting in 2004, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana began celebrating Dyngus Day at the request of South Bend students. The event includes free Polish sausage for students as well as a free concert. This year they will celebrate a “Belated Dyngus Day” the following Monday since Easter Monday falls during a vacation week for students. Wet Monday is also celebrated at Jonathan Edwards College, one of the residential colleges at Yale University, when each year the freshman class storms the college with water weapons, where upperclassmen are ready to defend the college and ensure no one goes home dry.

For Easter Monday in Hungary, perfume or perfumed-water is used. The girls would reward the boys who sprinkle with coins or Easter eggs.*

*source: wikipedia – Easter Monday
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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/24)

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Did You Know?
April 24

It’s Easter!!

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to Easter.

Hoppy Easter,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

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(April 24) Today we?re celebrating . . . Easter Sunday


Easter (Christian)
Easter is the springtime holiday marking the rebirth of Jesus and the renewal of the Christian faith.

It is a blessed time for the faithful to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of the Savior… and a magical time for children to enjoy chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jellybean-filled Easter eggs.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/23)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 23 : Holy Saturday, Easter Even
01 day till Easter

Did you know that over one billion Easter eggs are hunted every year in America?

The most popular (or at least the most televised) Easter egg hunt is the one held at the White House. President Hayes hosted the first White House Egg Hunt in 1878, launching a tradition that has continued to this day.

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will sponsor the White House Easter Egg Hunt on Monday April 25, 2011. The theme of this years event is “Get Up and Go!”, which is intended to encourage America’s youngsters to lead active, healthy lives and to follow the First Lady?s “Let?s Move!” initiative.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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(April 23) Today we?re celebrating . . . Easter Even

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Easter Even / Holy Saturday / The Great Sabbath (Christian)
The Saturday before Easter and last day of Holy Week.

In Roman Catholic Churches, the altar is either stripped completely bare or coloured in violet, while the administration of the sacraments is severely limited. Holy Communion is given only as Viaticum. All Masses are strictly prohibited. No Mass at all appears in the liturgy for this day, nor for the preceding day, Good Friday. Many of the churches of the Anglican Communion observe most of the same traditions, however their altars are usually stripped or coloured in black.*

* source: wikipedia – Holy Saturday

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/22)

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April 22 : Good Friday
02 days till Easter

Did you know that in many Catholic churches, Good Friday services begin at precisely 3 o’clock* (PM)?

*This is the time that Jesus is believed to have died on the Cross.

Good Friday is a solemn day of prayer, repentance and, in some churches, fasting in commemoration of Jesus’ death. Catholics, Greek and Russian Orthodox, and many Protestants celebrate Good Friday.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/21)

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April 21 : Holy Thursday
03 days till Easter

Did you know that in Russia, Easter eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday*?

The traditional method involves boiling the eggs in a mixture of onion peels and silk scraps. Russian Easter eggs are thought to possess magic powers, including bringing prosperity and warding off evil spirits.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/20)

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April 20 : 04 days till Easter

Did you know that in Greece, children and adults alike play an egg cracking game called tsougrisma on Easter?

Players attempt to crack their eggs against their friend’s egg; the last person with an un-cracked egg is considered the lucky one. The Greeks traditionally dye their eggs red, symbolizing the blood and passion of Christ.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Holiday Invite: Easter on the Net

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Holiday Reminder: Easter will be celebrated this Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Hoppy Easter!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to hop on over to our Easter celebration, Easter on the Net.

Our Easter celebration has everything you could possibly want to know about this pinnacle holiday in the Christian religion. From an overview of Easter and the holiday’s historical origins to an explanation of the 40-day Lenten Season, including the holidays of Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

Have you ever wondered how Easter is celebrated in the Holy Land? Or what traditions are practiced by the Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox communities? Speaking of which, do you know why there are two different dates for Easter — one celebrated by Western churches, the other by Eastern Orthodox churches?

Perhaps you think you know already all there is to know about Easter! Like where the custom of hunting for Easter eggs comes from. And why the bunny rabbit is a symbol of Easter. Or how the Easter lily became associated with this springtime holiday. And just why we eat so much chocolate and marshmallowy candy at Easter time. You can brush up on the answers to these questions and more in our newest trivia feature: Did You Know Easter?

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the Easter holiday by sending an email to the Easter bunny (every child will receive a personalized message in return!) or by enjoying one of our age-appropriate Easter crafts and coloring pages. We also have tips for hosting the perfect Easter egg hunt, cooking up a mouth-watering Easter menu and organizing a round of Easter egg games. We even have step-by-step instructions for making your own Easter egg baskets.

Finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy, Hoppy Easter by sending one of our free Easter e-cards.

This year, the moveable feast of Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 24, 2011. The Eastern Orthodox churches will also enjoy their Easter celebrations on Sunday, April 24. We look forward to sharing our celebrations with you and your family.

Happy Easter!

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/19)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 19 : 05 days till Easter

Did you know that the trumpet shape of the Easter Lily is considered symbolic of the heralding of Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem?

Biblical scholars also tell us that lilies may have grown in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus.

Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s Easter Lilies are produced by just ten growers along the California-Oregon border?

Known as the Easter Lily Capital of the World, this area sees more than 15 million lily bulbs planted each year to meet the Easter demand.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Daisey from Colorado, US
17:52 06/16/2011
 
@ Rusty Why do you find that amazing? Everyone can choose for themselves what they want to believe and many people all over the world do so. Christianity is mostly about reading stories and following the life of Jesus, which means being good for other human beings. For instance, during Easter our family comes together and we talk with eachother about how Jesus lived and what he did for mankind(in our believes). It's not all about "a man in the sky". Here on this when is easter 2012 page it's explained well for you to learn a little bit more about what Christians believe and what they do during holidays like Easter.
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Health Power from New York, US
10:34 04/23/2011
 
Thoughts for Easter in Making Dinner Together a Year-Round Tradition There is no better time than Easter Dinner to follow tradition by enjoying a family meal together. These are moments when families: · Connect with one another · Relax, and have fun while creating and recreating memories. The benefits for children: · Eat healthier meals, · Learn to share and work together (especially in designing those Easter eggs), · Naturally improve their communication skills, and · Develop overall feelings of well-being. Hopefully this also leads parents to make a greater effort to prepare healthier meals. It’s Not Just at Easter that Family Meals Count: According to a 10-year study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, children who eat dinner with their parents are 40% more likely to achieve higher grades than those who eat less frequently with their parents. Eating meals together on a regular basis is an important part of the day, and making it a priority is a rewarding experience for everyone. Avoiding activities like watching television and working or playing on the computer at meal time helps in developing a regular family meal time. According to Dr. Barbara Fiese, a psychologist and researcher at Syracuse University, “Most meal times only last about 20 minutes. Therefore, having three or four shared family meals a week adds up to one to one and one-half hours, which is less time than a televised sports event or movie.” By involving the family in planning the meal, and occasionally letting the children help prepare dinner makes those meals special.
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katy from North Carolina, US
09:07 04/20/2011
 
how do other people celabreat easter
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marcus from Louisiana, US
11:56 04/19/2011
 
easter is a time of fun and love, to which where people give candy to others
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Rusty Shackelford from New Hampshire, US
03:42 04/05/2010
 
Folks, I find it amazing that in this day in age people still find salvation in an invisible man in the sky whom there is absolutely zero evidence of his existence. Such blind faith isn't only stupid, it is dangerous. If you applied the same circumstances to any other situation, the believer in question would probably be admitted to the psych ward. So what makes you feel so special. Easter for example, it is not the only time a man has ever been recorded as being killed and then later "raised from the dead", however you Christians would like to tell the rest of the world that this was the only time that it was ok for this to happen. Have you ever heard of grave robbers? They tend to strike the sites of important people who have passed away. Although that cant be the reason Jesus disappeared from his grave. I'm not saying that Jesus didn't exist, or that he wasn't a great person, i'm just saying that claiming to be the son of an all powerful being is a pretty big claim. Religion isn't bad in principal because it teaches people to take care of each other and behave. Hundreds of years ago a group of smart, educated men got together and wrote a book that would scare the ignorant population into submission. I believe it is a primitive method used thousands of years ago to control a primitive people. {Subsequently they have managed to make a shitload of money off this idea.} I would hope that some time in the next hundred years humans may evolve and learn how to use their own brains without letting someone do their thinking for them. Lets not forget that more people have died in the name of "GOD" than for any other reason. Holy Crap Rusty Shackelford
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IM NOT TELLIN from California, US
10:01 04/04/2010
 
I THINK ITS ALL ABOUT CANY AND LOVE AND JEUSEBUT MAOSTLY CANY
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austin
09:28 04/01/2010
 
easter is fun with candy and every body happy
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Carris from Ohio, US
12:59 03/28/2010
 
Easter is a time when my family hang out and do nice things for each other. Jesus died on the cross for us. People think it's all about what you get. But, I don't. I know it's about when Jesus died on the crosss so he can forgive our sins so we can go to heaven.
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chloe from Maryland, US
12:52 03/28/2010
 
Easter is a time when your family comes together to celeberate what Jesus did for us but some people think it just to get present's from the easter bunny just like people think about chistmas is important because Jesus was born not the present's from Santa
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Flavia from Italy
10:56 02/24/2010
 
Ma per favore, la pasqua così come altre feste; per esempio il natale o halloween sono falsità! Dicono che Gesù sia nato a Dicembre (quindi presumo che doveva esserci freddo) e come mai nella bibbia si parla che il gregge pascolava? cosa mangiavano terra? Comunque adesso il fatto di odiare o per lo meno non celebrare le feste è un problema mio... Ogni volta feste tristissime e solitarie!





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