The blood of the Passover lambcaused the angel of death to "pass over" the Israelites. John the Baptist calls Jesus "The Lambof God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29
Cross, which is the most familiar and universal symbol of Christianity and the Crucifixion, is particularly associated with the Easter
season. Jesus was nailed to and died on the crosson Good
Sundayis a day for rejoicing. It was on Easter
Sundaythat the friends of Jesus learned that Jesus was alive again. They went to the cave where Jesus had been buried. They found that the
huge rock, which blocked the entrance to the cave, had been rolled away. The cave was empty. Jesus was alive again! He promised new life to everyone who believed in Him.
Many Christians celebrate the promise of Jesus by going to church on Easter Sunday. They wear their best clothes. Churches are filled with flowers and candlelight. Bells ring out the happiness people feel. Everyone sings joyful hymns. Christians celebrate because Jesus has shown them God's power and love.
The Chickis another Easter Symbol that represents new life or rebirth. The Chickbreaking out it's shell is a symbol for Jesus' ressurrection, when the rock was moved and he imerged from the tomb.
Non- Christian Symbols
The Easter Bunnyhas its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbitwere the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life
during the Spring season.
Universally a symbol of
creation, renewed life, resurrection, fertility and the Easter Eggor Hare which laid the Easter Eggand it was the
emblem and sacrificial victim animal of Eostre.
Who is this Eostre?? Scholars believe the name Easter is thought to come from the Scandinavian "Ostra" and the Teutonic "Ostern " or "Eostre," both Goddesses of mythology signifying spring and fertility whose festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox
Easter Basketssymbolize nests where the Easter Bunny laid it's Easter Eggs. Today, basketsare used for the Easter Bunny hide to colored eggs and other goodies in for children to find on Easter!
Many people around the world bake and eat hot cross bunsduring the Easter season. This is the only time of the year when these special buns are made. In the old days, people atehot cross bunsbecause they believed that the buns would keep them healthy all year.
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