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From Spring Flowers to Good Friday: All About Easter Celebrations
When Is Easter?
- How the Easter Date Is Determined - Learn how the date of Easter Sunday is calculated, based on the Spring Equinox. You can also see a historical timeline of Easter dates, starting in 1753!
- Common Holidays in Relation to Equinoxes, Solstices & Cross-Quarter Days - learn about religious and cultural holidays and how they change based on equinoxes and other calendar based calculations.
- Calculate the date of Easter and other moveable holidays - this online calculator let's you calculate the date of movable holidays, including Easter and other religious celebration days that change. (Ash Wednesday, Advent Sunday, etc.)
- Why Does The Date of Easter Change Every Year? - The Farmer's Almanac provides information on how the date of Easter is calculated and why it changes every year.
- What is Easter and When is It? - Learn about the story of Easter and why it's celebrated on the day that it is.
Religious Tradition of Easter
- The Christian History and Development of Easter - The Religious Education department of Brigham Young University provides details on how Easter became a religious holiday, the traditions of Easter and typical symbols and customs of religious Easter celebrations.
- Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter - Brandeis University gives a detailed account of traditions for Palm Sunday, the 'Holy Week' of Easter and Easter Sunday.
- The History Behind Easter Sunday: Where Do Our Favorite Traditions Come From? - With Easter Sunday being one of the most celebrated religious holidays outside of Christmas, do you ever wonder where the traditions come from? Read about them here!
- The Christian Broadcasting Network Presents: The Traditions of Easter - The Christian Broadcasting Network does a great job at taking a deeper look at the religious traditions and symbols of Easter such as the Lenten Season (commonly known as Lent) the meaning of the Cross and how the spring equinox affects the timing of Easter.
- Easter Lilies - Lilies are a traditional Easter decoration.
- Creating Christ^'Centered Easter Traditions - Learn how you can create religious centered traditions with your loved ones and family around the holy Easter celebrations.
Lent and Easter
- Easter Sunday and Lent - watch this short narrated video from Catholic Online. It gives a brief overview of the holy traditions and background of Easter.
- What is Ash Wednesday? - Primarily a Catholic holiday, Ash Wednesday signifies the first day of Lent. Read more about it here!
- Religious Facts: Easter - This quick, fun read will give you basics on all things Easter related.
- Christianity: Lent and Easter - Not sure what the meaning behind Lent and Easter are? Learn about the 40 days before Easter Sunday, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and more.
- Shrove Tuesday ...What does it mean? - Learn about the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and it's significance to Lent.
- What is Palm Sunday - One of the most celebrated religious holidays, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter. Read about the historical significance of this day.
- My Easter Traditions - Focus on the Family - This wonderfully written piece gives parents advice on how to embrace the real meaning of Easter as a family, as opposed to making it a more commercialized event.
- Easter Sunday - Easter Customs and Traditions - This website lists Easter traditions that are celebrated and honored world-wide. You can learn about Easter traditions that are honored on Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Ash Wednesday and beyond.
- 13 Ways Easter is Celebrated Around the World - This fun read will take you across 13 countries to see how Easter is celebrated and honored.
- The Origins of Easter and Its Traditions - Read about where the traditional Easter customs started.
- Easter Eggs: An Interesting History Behind Why We Celebrate, Decorate, & Hide Them - Ever wonder why Easter Eggs are a thing? Now you know!
- Easter Symbols and Traditions: Easter Eggs - History.com provides you with an in depth history of Easter eggs (and the Easter bunny!) in addition to a quick video!
- Here's Why Easter Eggs Are a Thing - Did you know that eggs are a symbol of fertility? With Easter taking place during the Spring Equinox, the eggs are a symbol of rebirth. Read more here!
- Why Do We Decorate Easter Eggs, Anyway? - Learn about the history of Easter eggs and why we decorate them.
- Why do we have Easter eggs and the Easter bunny? - Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are universal symbols of Easter. Find out why here!
- The surprising origins of the Easter Bunny - in Western culture, the Easter bunny is the symbol of the holy holiday. Do you know why this is? Read about it here from catholic.org.
- Origin of the Easter Bunny - Find out the religious origins of the Easter bunny and other Easter traditions and symbols.
- Ostara and the Hare: Easter Bunny Folklore - The Library of Congress gives a historical look at the origins of the Easter bunny in ancient times.
- On the Bunny Trail: In Search of the Easter Bunny - these wonderful images, dating back to the 1800s, depict how the Easter bunny has changed over the years.
Easter and Spring Flowers
- Easter Flowers - Learn about the traditional Spring flowers that are used to celebration Easter traditions.
- Jerusalem's Month of Flowers - Plants for Lent and Easter - read about the traditional plants and flowers that are used during Lent and Easter.
- The Flowering Cross during the Easter Season - this beautiful symbol of Easter is typically seen starting on Good Friday. Read about the history of this beautiful floral arrangement.
Written By Ava Rose.