Easter Date April 20, 2014
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 of 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.
Setting the date: The date for Easter changes every year. It is the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.
Easter Thought to Ponder: The nice thing about being senile is, you can hide your own Easter eggs.
Bonnets and Bunnies The Origin of Easter and it's traditions
How Easter Works
This Day in History April 20
Jacques Cartier begins the voyage during which he discovers Canada and Labrador. (1534)
Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City). (1657)
American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord. (1775)
President George Washington arrives in Philadelphia after his inauguration to elaborate welcome at Gray's Ferry just after noon first inauguration of George Washington (1789)
René Caillié becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou. (1828)
U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory. (1836)
American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia. (1861)
Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the experiment falsifying the theory of spontaneous generation. (1862)
The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law. (1871)
Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride. (1902)
Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston. (1912)
The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7–6 in 11 innings. (1916)
Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day. (1918)
Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film. (1926)
Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday is celebrated as a national holiday in Nazi Germany. (1939)
Billie Holiday records the first civil rights song "Strange Fruit". (1939)
World War II: US troops capture Leipzig, Germany, only to later cede the city to the Soviet Union. (1945)
World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth. (1945)
Twenty Jewish children used in medical experiments at Neuengamme are killed in the basement of the Bullenhuser Damm school. (1945)
The League of Nations officially dissolves, giving most of its power to the United Nations. (1946)
Dan Gavriliu performs the first surgical replacement of a human organ. (1951)
Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba. (1961)
Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon. (1972)
The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas. (1985)
Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. (1999)
Johnson Space Center shooting: William Phillips with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself. (2007)
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race. (2008)
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months. (2010)
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Lushan County, Ya'an, in China's Sichuan province, killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands. (2013)