How We Celebrate Easter in America

Non Christian: What’s this Easter I’ve been hearing about?

Christian: It’s the day we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

Non Christian: That must be the most important miracle of the Christian faith.

Christian: Absolutely.

Non Christian: If it is that important, why don’t you call it Resurrection Day?

Christian: I don’t know, I guess we’ve always gone with “Easter”.

Non Christian: What does the word come from?

Christian: I don’t know.

Non Christian: Maybe it is from Latin.

Christian: I don’t know.

Non Christian: So how do you celebrate your most important religious Holiday?

Christian: We hard boil eggs, dye them in decorative colors and hide Them so little kids can search for them. We call it an Easter Egg Hunt.

Non Christian: And how do decorated eggs tie in with the resurrection?

Christian: I don’t know.

Non Christian: Must be good for the egg industry, though.

Christian: I would think so. And I forgot to tell you, we tell the little Kids the eggs were brought by the Easter Bunny.

Non Christian: The “Easter Bunny”? How did that custom get started?

Christian: I have no idea. Lots of us also give our children rabbits For Easter gifts.

Non Christian: Well, I suppose all of this is harmless fun.

Christian: Yes, except the rabbits usually die in a few months because no one takes care of them.

Non Christian: Too bad. So how else do you celebrate Easter.

Christian: Many of us go to church. And, I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but many young Americans take a holiday and go to the beach where they get drunk, take off their clothes and have sex. Anyway, HAPPY EASTER!

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Silver_Lotus 6 years ago from U.S.A.

I recently heard (on a radio news program) that the word Easter comes from a pagan Teutonic god Uster (sp?) and that many of the rites we associate with Easter (the eggs, for example) are derived from ancient pre-Christian Roman traditions. Christianity is not alone among religions in having incorporated local rituals as it spread - doing so enabled many religions to grow by giving new converts something familiar to hold on to.

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dongately 6 years ago from Sana Clarita, California Author

Thanks for enlightening me, but I'll bet most christians don't know of lot of this.

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