Easter

Easter Sunday is the feast day in the Christian calendar to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We welcome all questions pertaining to the Easter Bunny too!

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Store Hours

What are Target's Easter Sunday hours?

Target is closed on Easter Sunday.

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What stores are open on Easter Sunday?

It depends on where you live. Most grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and the like, are open on Easter Sunday. In some parts of the country stores such as Walmart and Target are open but in other parts they are not. Most retail clothing, accessory, and electronic stores are closed on major holidays. To find out holiday hours for the stores in your area, see their website or give them a call.

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What day is Easter 2018?

In 2018, Easter Sunday will fall on April 1.

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What is the Easter bunnies favorite color?

Pink

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Where does the Easter bunny live?

The Easter Bunny lives in a very deep hole in the ground (also called a burrow) which cannot be reached by humans. Even if people were small enough to fit down the rabbit hole, the exact location of the Easter Bunny's home is top secret, classified information. This is to protect the Easter Bunny's massive stockpiles of colored eggs, jelly beans and chocolate bunnies.

However, it is believed that the entrance to the Easter Bunny's burrow is located somewhere on Easter Island, after a satellite image was taken showing him hopping down the bunny trail which winds between the giant statues with the big heads called Moai.

Legend has it that, hundreds of years ago, the Easter Bunny was having problems with intruders trying to steal from his hoard of yummy candy. He contracted Santa's elves to carve the Moai for him to scare the thieves away from his burrow. It worked out pretty well at first, but every once in awhile, a prowler would show up who wasn't afraid of the Moai. In order to keep his candy safe before spring came each year, the Easter Bunny needed a second line of defense. Luckily, he was good friends with Tutankhabunny's most powerful wizard, Imharetep, who was glad to help him out.

So now, even if a trespasser gets past the Moai, they will be subject to the Bunny's Curse. The Bunny's Curse, loosely translated from original Egyptian, states that the infiltrator will grow rabbit ears and giant buck teeth. Even worse, they will never again get chocolate in their basket - only icky-flavored, stale jelly beans and rotten eggs.

Unfortunately, when the curse was translated, somehow "Bunny" and "Mummy" got mixed up. This is why everyone knows about the Mummy's Curse, but no one knows about the Bunny's Curse.

The only person who ever made it into the Easter Bunny's burrow and back again without being cursed was Bunniana Jones, the famous archeologist and adventurer, and that's only because the Easter Bunny was a big fan, and got Bunniana Jones' autograph. My(this is a different person by the way) guess is he lives in a different universe and he has a tiny little key that he uses to makle it appear and go through.

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Is McDonald's open on Good Friday?

Yes

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Why is it called Good Friday if the day was supposed to be sad?

Good Friday and Jesus Our LordGood Friday is the day commemorating Jesus Christ's death on the Cross, which is probably to be dated April 3, A.D. 33. In the liturgical calendar of the Western church, it is the Friday before Easter. The exact origins of the name are uncertain; some argue it stems from the use of "Good" as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for "holy." Others argue it is a corruption of the word "God," in the same way that "Good Bye" comes from the phrase "God be with ye."

Christians believe the day is "good" because the message of Easter is of Christ's victory over sin, death, and the devil; as the Apostle Paul wrote: "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." It is believed that, in Jesus' death on the Cross, He took once and for all the sins of all mankind upon Himself, in our place. This gift He extends to everyone who will believe in Him. Believing in the Good News of the Gospel is our hope. Jesus, the Son of God, who died for our sins, was raised again for our justification, we who believe being made in right stead with God.

However, the term "Good Friday" is only used by Western Christians, and not by Eastern Orthodox Christians. The Orthodox refer to this sacred day as "Great and Holy Friday."

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When will Easter fall on March 31?

Easter will fall on March 31st on the following dates in this century: 2013, 2024, 2086, and 2097.

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Are Whole Foods grocery stores open on Easter Sunday?

Yes, they are open on Easter Sunday.

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How many times has Easter been on April 1?

Easter Sunday has been on April 1st in the following years - 1714, 1725, 1736, 1804, 1866, 1877, 1888, 1923, 1934, 1945 and 1956. Easter Sunday is due to fall on this date again in the year 2018.

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How many times has Easter Sunday been on April 1?

Easter Sunday last fell on April 1 in 1956. Easter Sunday has previously fallen on this date in the years 1714, 1725, 1736, 1804, 1866, 1877, 1888, 1923, 1934 and 1945. Easter Sunday will next fall on April 1 in 2018.

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Sam's Club

Is Sam's Club open on Easter Sunday?

According to their website, all Sam's Club's are closed on Easter Sunday.

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Is the Easter Bunny real?

Yes

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Are there newspapers on Easter Sunday?

No

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How is Easter’s date determined?

Easter is always on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which, yes, does sound like some pagan witchcraft, but I assure you that’s official church policy.

So, what’s a Paschal Full Moon, you might ask? It’s the first full moon after the vernal equinox. However, there’s an important caveat: The church observes the vernal equinox on March 21 each year, whether it actually falls on that date or not. And this is only true of those following the Gregorian calendar; Eastern Orthodox Easter is figured on the Julian calendar instead, and their Easter is later.

In 2020, the Paschal Full Moon falls on April 7, making Easter April 12.

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What do bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter or the resurrection of Christ?

Nothing, actually.

People have been celebrating spring for as long as weather got cold in the winter, and food supplies dwindled. Birds usually lay their eggs in the spring, so eggs were a natural symbol for spring, rebirth, and new life. Rabbits are very fertile animals whose babies scampered about in spring, so they also became symbols of spring. Many ancient cultures celebrated the coming of spring with religious ceremonies.

When the Romans were spreading across Europe, there were a lot of different religions, and assimilating people to Christianity was a challenge. Instead of simply forcing a whole new religion on people, they simply 'adopted' traditional dates and celebrated the Christian holidays on those same dates. Christmas also falls on around the time of pagan holidays that were celebrated during the winter solstice (Saturnalia, Yule, Rizdvo). Rabbits and eggs were both symbols of fertility and part of traditional pagan spring celebration of Ostara. They were incorporated into Christian Easter by a process of religious syncretism.

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What does the Easter bunny like to drink?

The Easter bunny doesn't have a favorite drink, but if you are a little kid and want to put out a drink for the Easter bunny, try something likewater, milk, or even a fruit or sweet drink, like a orange soda, ... How does Macedonia celebrate Easter?

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How do you say 'Happy Easter' in Swedish?

Glad Påsk is "Happy Easter" in Swedish.

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When will Easter fall on March 30?

Easter Sunday will next fall on March 30 in 2059. Easter Sunday has previously fallen on March 30 in the years 1766, 1823, 1834, 1902, 1975, 1986 and 1997.

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What does the Easter bunny have to do with Easter and the egg?

  • It has nothing to do with Christianity. The legend has it that there was a beautiful bird who loved the goddess Isis. Each year on the spring equinox would come and lay her colorful eggs at the feet of the goddess. The goddess promised to grant her a wish and she said she would like to be a soft cuddly bunny, but Isis loving the eggs granted her wish but continued to lay her eggs each spring.
  • The word "Easter" is a distortion of the name "Estre," a pagan fertility Goddess. The early church in effect took over a pagan time of celebration, and adapted the name to suit its own needs.
  • The original Christian church celebrating Christ's resurrection every week by meeting for worship on the first day of the week (upon which He rose) celebrated the Pascha, which is a celebration "of His death till He comes."
  • This is the feast we are actually commanded to keep, then we fast on Friday, attend a vigil on Saturday and rejoice the morning of His resurrection (the Feast of First Fruits). But the Roman Catholic Church altered this practice first and centuries later by imposition developed a tradition of celebrating the Resurrection as the feast.
  • Rabbits and eggs are pagan fertility symbols of extreme antiquity. Birds lay eggs and rabbits give birth to large litters in the early spring these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth during the spring season. Since Easter also occurs in the early spring, people brought the beloved pagan symbols into the Christian celebration of Easter. These pagan symbols have become part of the Christian tradition. They do not take anything away from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and they add to the celebration. Christianity has frequently absorbed the positive and neutral symbols of pagan religions while leaving the negative symbols behind, similar to Christmas trees and Halloween costumes.
  • The English word Easter is from the Old English words Ēastre or Ēostre or Eoaste. Eostre/Eostra/Eastre was the name of a pagan Saxon goddess, goddess of dawn, spring and fertility. Apparently rabbits were her favorite animal. Eggs, hares and rabbits have long been symbols of fertility. Eostra's consort was the Sun god, and it is reported that the first Sunday after the first full moon succeeding the vernal equinox was sacred to her. Going further back, there appears to be a connection between Eostra and the ancient goddess Astarte, a goddess connected with fertility and sexuality. Perhaps Eostra is the European name for the same goddess. The Greeks used the word 'Aphrodite' for the goddess Astarte. And the Romans called her Venus. According to ancient myths and legends, Astarte gave birth to Eros.
  • According to one source, the ancient German goddess Ostara (Eostre in Anglo-Saxon) had a hare as a companion, and that this may have led to the 'Easter Bunny' customs. This source adds that rabbits were part of pre-Christian fertility lore.

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What is the date for Easter Sunday 1011?

If you mean Easter Sunday 2011, the date was April 24. If you didn't, then there was no Easter in the year 1011.

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When will Easter fall on April 1?

Easter Sunday will next fall on April 1 in 2018. Easter Sunday has previously fallen on April 1 in 1714, 1725, 1736, 1804, 1866, 1877, 1888, 1923, 1934, 1945 and 1956.

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Postage and Shipping

Is there mail service on Easter?

Mail Service on Easter

In the United Kingdom:

The Royal mail delivers on Easter Sunday, but not Good Friday or Easter Monday (as they are both bank holidays, and Easter Sunday is just a normal day of rest).

In the United States:

There is no mail service on Easter Sunday whatsoever.

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Is McDonalds open on Good Friday?

Yes. McDonald's is open 365 days a year.

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How did eggs come to be associated with Easter?

There’s a couple interesting theories. One gives the eggs a Christian origin, and the other suspects it could’ve been adopted from Pagan rituals.

First, the Christian origin theory. These days, vegetarianism during Lent (the 40-day period before Easter) is only mandated on Fridays. However, Lenten restrictions used to expand to all animal products, including eggs, every day of the week. Since hens didn’t just take the season off, some historians say their Christian owners would hard boil their eggs and distribute them after Lent.

The Pagan origin theory pins Easter eggs to a festival celebrating the goddess Eastre along with the arrival of spring. People ate eggs (and maybe even buried them to encourage fertility) at the festival. Eventually, Christian leaders, hoping to encourage conversion, placed their holy days near Pagan festivals on the calendar, and eggs eventually hopped religious traditions.

Whichever is true, eggs are forever linked to today’s Easter. They’re now decorated, hidden, and forever linked to a giant bunny. Finally, something that makes sense.

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