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The Meaning Behind Easter
Today is a Holiday for us in Canada. It is Good Friday on Easter Weekend.
There is alot of controversy about this Holiday especially here in Canada with the revelation of unmarked graves at Residential Schools. And it should be controversial. Anything that is celebrated by the Catholic Church has been dismissed, so I thought I would share a little about what is celebrated this weekend.
Regardless of what traditions you follow, the spiritual meaning of Easter is a new light after sacrifice or tribulation.
Easter is connected to older mythologies, despite its connection to this Christian holiday. Easter is a movable feast. The date changes each year. Have you ever noticed? It is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Tomorrow is our first Full Moon of this Zodiac Season which is tomorrow. This year is as late as I ever remembered it.
The German Goddess, Eostre, the goddess of the dawn is celebrated as a pagan holiday. She is celebrated in springtime, when the light begins to return in the Northern Hemisphere to warm up the earth, bringing with it food, flowers, and the promise of a new season.
Families celebrate this pagan holiday without even realizing the meaning behind it. The eggs and bunnies so often seen around Easter are actually symbols of the Goddess’ fertility.
From a Christian perspective, the somber observance of Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross for his people’s sins. There are traditions of not eating meat on this day. The only acceptable meat source is fish.
Then Easter Monday is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he died on the cross and then rose again three days later. But the observed holiday is on Sunday, which in fact is not the holiday. The long journey through Lent ends in Easter, which is usually celebrated with food and family.
What is Lent? It is part of a much longer Christian mythology. On Shrove Tuesday, the rituals begin in March. This is also known as Pancake Tuesday. This is traditionally the day to eat up
All the eggs, sugar, and butter in your house are traditionally eaten up before Lent begins, a 40-day period of sacrifice meant to commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent wandering in the desert.
Easter also tends to coincide pretty closely with the Jewish Passover celebration. Like Lent, Passover takes place over a number of days and involves some restrictions—specifically that leavened bread must not be eaten.
This holiday commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt, including the miraculous moment when God parted the red seas to allow his people to cross.
The Hebrews wandered for 40 years in the desert before finding their ancestral home, now known as Israel.
The number 40 comes up often in the Bible. It is also a common amount of time used in yoga and other spiritual traditions. You’ll often see 40-day challenges for yoga practices or meditations, and it’s also a common time window for healing after childbirth in many cultures. And it also takes 40-weeks for gestation when a baby is born. It is also about the amount of time it takes to learn a new habit, heal from an intense experience, or make a change in our lives.
Do you see similarities between many of these traditions?
Regardless of what traditions you follow, the spiritual meaning of Easter is a new light after sacrifice or tribulation. We might not be quite through the suffering yet, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Here in Northeastern Ontario, as much as we hope, pray, wish … we still have remnants of snow until after this holiday.
This is a time to share food and stories with friends and family, whether in person or online. Go outside and bask in the early spring sunlight (or, like in our case, snow, or rain), light a candle, write in your journal, or take a bath with essential oils. Paint an egg for the goddess. Take a bite of a chocolate bunny. No matter what you choose, it is time to honour the Spiritual meaning of this season, by welcoming the light and hope that come with the spring.
We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of the Easter Bunny today for a photoshoot and all his little dropping for the children to find. Then we will celebrate by doing an Easter Craft and feasting on pizza at our neighbouring restaurant.
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