Easter Date March 31, 2013
Future Years: April 20, 2014; April 5, 2015
The real meaning of Easter, is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To Christians, it is the most special day of the year. Yes,the birth of Christ is quite important. But, his resurrection offers the hope of everlasting life to everyone! The Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday is a time of fasting, sacrifice and prayer. It is the christian way of replicating in a small way what Christ sacrificed for us, both in his fasting and his final death on the cross.
Easter also also is celebrated with the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, jelly beans, and lot's of chocolate. He (or she, as we are never quite sure about this) comes on Saturday night leading to Easter Sunday morning. He brings lots of chocolates and other candies. That's one meaning to Easter, especially if you are a kid or a "Chocolaholic".
There is a famous Easter game called the Easter Egg Hunt. Early morning, kids go outside to find the many colored Easter eggs that the Easter bunny has hidden the night before. The Easter Egg Hunt was the first game ever invented. It is said that the reason this tradition started was because of the Easter Bunny dropped the eggs on the way to deliver them and they hide themselves. That is how the Easter Egg Hunt was supposedly invented.
Most of us will celebrate both parts of this spring holiday. Upon awakening Easter Sunday morning, the children will hunt for the Easter basket left by the Easter Bunny. Then the family will dress in their finest new spring clothes, and go off to church to celebrate Christ's resurrection. From there, the holiday tradition varies. Some have a big breakfast or brunch feast. Other family will have a big main meal with baked ham being the most common meat. Brightly colored hard boiled eggs will also be popular. It is not a day for high cholesterol diets. It is a day to feast as the long lenten season is over and Christ has arisen.
This Day in History March 31
Queen Isabella of Castille issues the Alhambra decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish and muslim subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion. (1492)
A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provokes the Bangorian Controversy. (1717)
The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act. (1774)
Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade. (1854)
The Eiffel Tower is officially opened. (1889)
Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft. (1903)
Construction of the ill fated RMS Titanic begins. (1909)
The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands. (1917)
Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time. (1918)
The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty eight years. (1930)
TWA Flight 599 crashes near Bazaar, Kansas killing 8 including Knute Rockne, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame (1931)
World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands. (1945)
Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau. (1951)
The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California. (1992)
In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed. (2004)