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!
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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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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Why is it called Good Friday if the day was supposed to be sad?
Good Friday and Jesus Our Lord Good 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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Are Whole Foods grocery stores open on Easter Sunday?
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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Is the Easter Bunny real?
The Easter Bunny The first officially recorded reference of the Easter bunny is in a German document from the 1500's as "Oschter Haws." Additional Comments: The Easter bunny is as real as you believe him to be. He is also just as real as Santa. I am sorry children but when Easter comes the parent go to their chocolate egg hiding places take them down and put them at the end of your bed, or wherever it is they put them!!! The Easter bunny is just another excuse for kids to be good, just like Santa Claus!!!
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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. For more information, see Related links below this box.
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Is there mail service on Easter?
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How did the celebration of Easter originate?
Easter is a pagan holiday that Christians adopted into their religion. The idea of an Easter egg hunt within this Holiday comes from the Goddess of fertility that the pagans had. Easter eggs were originally known as "isthar eggs" to celebrate His resurrection from the dead. Rabbits have lots of babies, and eggs are where babies come from. In pagan cultures it was popular to paint the maidens and hide them in the Forrest and fields before the young men went and found them. It's in the spring when a lot of animals are born. To Christians the resurrection of Jesus fell nicely into this pagan celebration of life. In addition, the ancient pagans of Europe had a spring-fertility goddess known as, Eastre. Her symbols were the swan. In one legend, she is tricked into turning into a rabbit, not realizing she cannot turn back. She still retains her powers of fertility (symbolized by the egg) however, and thus you have an egg-laying rabbit. So the symbols of rebirth (the egg) and of Spring ( when it seems rabbits overrun the woods) were joined and survived with the coming of Christianity. It was then quite easy for the missionary Christians to bring together an ancient concept of Easter, the important pagan time of rebirth with the idea of a "reborn" or resurrected god in Christ. It may not seem it in these times, but Easter is the most important day of the Christian world. It is the day of resurrection and proof of everlasting life. Thus, for a large population, already accustomed to spring-rebirth celebrations, it was quite easy to transition to the new religion. "The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible says that Easter was originally the spring festival in honor of the Teutonic goddess of light and spring known in Anglo-Saxon as Eastre, or Eostre. In any case, the Encyclopedia Britannica (11th Edition) states: 'There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament.' "The book Medieval Holidays and Festivals tells us that the holiday is named after the pagan Goddess of the Dawn and of Spring, Eostre. And who was this goddess? Eostre it was who, according to the legend, opened the portals of Valhalla to receive Baldur, called the White God, because of his purity and also the Sun God, because his brow supplied light to mankind, friendus The American Book of Days. It adds: 'There is no doubt that the Church in its early days adopted the old pagan customs and gave a Christian meaning to them. As the festival of Eostre was in celebration of the renewal of life in the spring it was easy to make it a celebration of the resurrection from the dead of Jesus, whose gospel they preached.' "This adoption explains how in certain lands the Easter customs, such as Easter eggs, the Easter rabbit, and hot cross buns, came about. Concerning the custom of making hot cross buns, with their shiny brown tops marked by a cross, the book Easter and Its Customs states: The cross was a pagan symbol long before it acquired everlasting significance from the events of the first Good Friday, and bread and cakes were sometimes marked with it in pre-Christian times. "The book Curiosities of Popular Customs friendus: It was the invariable policy of the early Church to give a Christian significance to such of the extant pagan ceremonies as could not be rooted out. In the case of Easter the conversion was peculiarly easy. Joy at the rising of the natural sun, and at the awakening of nature from the death of winter, became joy at the rising of the Sun of righteousness, at the resurrection of Christ from the grave. Some of the pagan observances that took place about the 1st of May were also shifted to correspond with the celebration of Easter. So Easter is actually a Pagan ritual that was absorbed by the church. Easter was originally a celebration of the fertility god Ashtoreth of Babylon. More commonly known as Ishtar (Easter) is the praise of fertility, (eggs) birth, (mother and child) and was incorporated into celebration of Jesus resurrection because the catholic church didn't want to stop the pagan worship they folded it into ours to keep the peace and money flowing. It will be exposed and punished severely in the near future by King Jesus. The Christians first celebrated this holiday, because Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, (Easter).
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How do you dye brown eggs?
Brown eggs will dye just like any other color of egg. Brown chicken egg shells are a bit thicker and sometimes glossier. They take longer to dye, and thus may need a longer soak in vinegar rinse prior to dyeing. The colors will look quite different as well. Brown eggs cannot be made white unless you "etch" the shell using vinegar. Brown eggs are quite lovely, and look nice with colors such as yellow, orange, brick, brown, and black. To see how different colors of dye look on brown eggs, click on the link below.