Easter traditions around the world

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In the English classes of the Costa Rican American Cultural Center we tell you about important holidays and how they celebrate them in the United States. This time we tell you about «Easter Day».

But why did it become a tradition to associate it with eggs and chocolate bunnies? According to the Catholic Information Agency, the egg was considered a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is why it represents the beginning of life, fertility, perfection, resurrection and light. On the other hand, the rabbit (known as: «Easter Bunny») represents the fertile symbol. It embodies the ability to reproduce, the joy of life and curiosity about life. That is why both elements are related to each other, because they represent life.

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Easter

Easter[1] -also called Easter,[2] Easter Sunday,[2] Easter Sunday,[3][4] Resurrection Sunday[3] or Easter Sunday of the Resurrection- is the central feast of Christianity,[5][6] which commemorates, according to the canonical gospels, the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after being crucified, just as Christmas begins its octave on Christmas Day and concludes on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Easter begins its octave on Easter Sunday, concluding on the Feast of the Divine Mercy.

The Jewish people, on the Feast of the Passover (Pesach), remember their passage through the Red Sea, guided by Moses, thus liberating the people chosen by Yahweh from the slavery they suffered in Egypt.

The Christians, on the other hand, with the feast of the Passover commemorate mainly (since they celebrate several Passover feasts, for different reasons) the passage of Jesus Christ from death to life, his resurrection, which took place on Sunday, on the third day of his death, to save the people of God, who are thus freed from the consequences of the sins that distanced them from the Creator.

What are easter eggs?

All over the world Easter is celebrated in a more or less pagan, more or less religious way. The different religions and migratory movements have originated different Easter traditions depending on the area of the world.

The typical gastronomy of these days includes lamb dishes, tsoureki – a sweet and spongy bun – and Easter eggs – which are usually decorated in red, representing the blood of Christ -.

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Easter days are used to worship the so-called «Black Christ», which attracts many citizens of Guatemalan and Central American origin. And also from this temple starts one of the most important parades of all those celebrated in the city of skyscrapers: the Florida Easter Parade. It is a colorful and joyful parade that runs along Fifth Avenue, where blessed flowers are thrown along the route.

The history of passover

Much of the symbolism of the Christian Easter is also related to the Jewish Passover, and both celebrations occur in a similar time period. Today, in addition to the traditional Christian elements, Easter celebrations are characterized by other secular and more commercial aspects, such as Easter eggs, Easter parades and the Easter bunny.

Easter celebrations include Good Friday, the day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and Easter Sunday, which, as its name suggests, commemorates the day Jesus Christ came back to life. The Jewish Christians were the first to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and organized the celebrations in accordance with the celebration of the Jewish Passover.

Because it is a religious holiday, most Easter celebrations are common in all parts of the Christian world. That said, due to its current more commercial nature, Easter is celebrated by non-Christians, while some individual countries have developed their own Easter traditions over time.

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