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Easter traditions and family Easters

Updated on June 18, 2011

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Easter traditions and family Easters

Easter Time

Well here it is nearly Easter again! It comes around very year but, confusingly, it moves about. This is due to the fact that Easter is based on the lunar calendar and as it originated in Europe and falls on the first Sunday in which a full moon occurs after the summer equinox. The Equinox is those day on which day and night are of equal length and occurs in summer between 17 and 21 March and in winter on 17 and 21 September. Therefore Easter Sunday can fall on any date from March 22 to April 25th

Balancing eggs

As an side according to Von Del Chamberlain “many people believe that since the equinox is a time of balance where the daylight hours and nighttime hours are equal, that -- by some mystical force -- one can balance eggs on their end on these days. Some believe that one can only balance an egg within a few hours before or after the exact time of the equinox” Try this you could end up with egg on your face!

Origins

Easter has both pagan and Christian origins. The Spring Equinox is associated with, or known as other names such as:, Eostar, Eostre, Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Festival of Trees, Lady Day, NawRuz, and Ostra, , Rites of Spring, and the Vernal Equinox. It has its origins in both Christian and Pagan rites . Christianity obviously celebrated the death of Jesus on Good Friday and the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. In one pagan religion, Cybele, the Phrygian fertility goddess, had a consort who was believed to have been born via a virgin birth. He was Attis, who was said to have died and been resurrected each year during the period MAR-22 to MAR-25; i.e. at the time of the vernal equinox in the Julian calendar.

Symbolism

The symbolism of eggs and bunnies is obvious in the pagan religions as they were symbols of fertility, birth and abundance. In the Christian tradition, eggs too, were a symbol of new birth, symbolizing the rebirth of Jesus. The tradition of hollow eggs was ascribed to the eggs being symbolic of the empty tomb discovered on Easter Sunday.

My first Easter

Enough of the history stuff, I remember my first Easter at the age of about four or maybe five. Easter was a time of presents, chocolate eggs and church services.

We all got dressed in our Sunday best. We had to hold off, no breakfast, church service and home for breakfast, eggs and presents afterwards. My first Easter present was a small, cobalt blue, pick up truck with a chocolate egg in the load area.

Subsequent Easters

After that ,as I grew up it was a blur of Easters not really different from one another always following the same format as above, church, breakfast, presents and chocolate eggs. On good Friday we always had toasted hot cross buns and tea for breakfast for as long as I can remember.

When dating

When I was dating my long time girl friend. (I dated her for about 5 years and we planned to marry but somehow that just did not happen. We agreed to marry, I bought the rings and we came home to announce our plans and discovered that we had lost the rings, or had taken them from my pockets. So we reluctantly agreed that that was not to be and went our own way after that.) We pretty much followed the Easter pattern described above, except her mother introduced a slight change in that breakfasts after the Easter service were gin and scrambled eggs. She had the gin we had the scrambled eggs.

After Marriage

Once I had married and we had children, we followed the pattern of my childhood, namely we all got dressed in our Sunday best. We had to hold off, no breakfast, church service and home for breakfast, eggs and presents afterwards.

First year one child, third year two children , fifth year 3 children and the after 10 we had what we call the “Laatlammetjie” (late lamb) or the pushover try in injury time. Our Parish priest was much amused by he annual changes every Easter and commented on it to me once, saying how he could not wait for Easter to see the whole family together and growing up.

The Sunset Years

In the last few years my dearly beloved and I have invited our Grandchildren to visit at easter. We hide eggs in the garden and "help" the children find them. We have done this for last 6 years and have watched them search from todlers to our oldest at 10. We think the 10 year may still have ayear or two of innnocence and fun left to search for eggs. Naturally parents are invited too (our children that is) but they can't technically look for eggs but can help thier kids.

So in summary Easter was a time of birth, growth, presents and chocolates and a bit of quality family time too !

May you all have a happy Easter!

Another great HubMob by Sixtyorso

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      Rodney Fagan 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great Hub, a time of remembering and a lot of nostalgia over the Easter periods. A time for reflection as well.

      Thanks Sixty

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Rod Yes as we get older we reflect more on our lives

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Another great hub.

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Angeli Thank you so much! Your praise is manna to my ears to mix a metaphor.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Very nice to share your Easter memories. I think I'll try balancing eggs this equinox, it sounds like fun!

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Princessa I thought that might be a fun thing to do. But here is a tip, if you boil the eggs first, you should have little difficulty balancing them, equinox or not! It is the liquid inside that causes the balancing problem!

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      I admire your tenacity for bunny hoppers and egg hunters!! I remember easter fun, itchy dresses of lace and film that made me itch, the inevitable new white or pink Easter bonnet, white patent leather shoes, a stiff slip that made my knobby knees show and my waist itch!

      Why is it, that everything pretty and sweet on a child dressed to the nine, makes 'em itch. Some universal law I suppose.

      And, the hunt!!! Colored eggs, melting eggs, hard sweet eggs, stinky boiled eggs, and eggs with prizes in them. No elbowing during the hunt, please!

      Then, pictures!! always looking into the sun...eeek! thanks for these memories!! loved yours.

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      Thanks sixtyorso for your memories of Easter - I had heard over the years of the egg balancing trick during Equinox but have never actually tried it - maybe this is the year!!  cheers and have a Happy Easter.

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Marisue Once again thanks for stopping by and adding you anecdotes which add to the quality of my hub. thanks as always for your great support.

      AJ it certainly seems as though many of us share common memories of this time and I am glad I can evoke those in you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. As I said to Princessa boil the eggs first and you can probably balance them anyhow.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Thanks for the tip ;-)

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Princessa for you anything. Always a pleasure!

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      I'm having an Easter Egg Hunt for the customers' kids this april, I'll have to take pics and do a hub with them....how fun! always love your stories, did I tell you we're moving to Oklahoma? Ah! Fun is not in the preparation, but read my Countdown hubs for the blow by blow description. I am hoping for tips from you, so do comment!!

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Marisue I hope you have great fun. Yes you have mentioned your pending move to Oklahoma and I wish you well with that move and yes I will follow your hubs with great interest.

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Great hub SOS. I'm glad I came by, finally. I can stand any egg on its end any day of the year, anyone can if you know my secrets. haha little salt goes a long way

      Hey, ya needs to go to CrisA's new hub and see yourself on a slide show he put on. hint nint

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi CC thanks fo stopping by and enjoying my hub. I guess with your method you need a whole heap of salt! I will certainly checkout Chris.s hub thanks

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      what a wonderful hub - I hope your Easter this year is as good as past ones!

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi LondonGirl Thanks s much. I wish you and yours the same too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Your Praise and support are great and much appreciated.thank you.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I really enjoy your writing, so my pleasure!

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lovely hub Sixty, nice to read your work again, and you brought back memories of my childhood Easters too. :)

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Misty Are you back from your holiday yet? Thanks for stopping by reading and commenting. I am always pleased when you read my hubs. thank you!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Wow a really refreshing Hub.Yes my parents are Russian so I guess that makes me half Russian.

      Well Easter time when the families used to get together was great. I remember decorating the eggs every year, dunking them in coloured boiling water. Making all the Russian Easter sweets

      Sigh I miss those days of being little. Now my family is all over the place so it's just memories now.

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Blondpoet The memories are quite bittersweet aren't they. The thrill of remembering some half forgotten memory and the yearning for the time gone by. Thank for your generous praise and for stopping by.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Forget to mention I got woken up on Easter at midnight to go to church midnight mass,walking round and round in circles with a candle zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.I have few memories of being little but that one wow how can one forget it was so boring haha

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Blondie I forget about midnight Mass! How haunting. At one of our churches we did a 5am Mass to see the sun rising as part of the easter symbolism! i remember how difficult it was to get the kids up and dressed in time.

      Your memories are awakening some more of mine. Thanks

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      good hub

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Lgali!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      forget the kids, I'd struggle to be up and dressed by 5am (-:

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Yes but we always managed somehow! Thanks for your continued support. Much appreciated as always.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Aaahhh thanks for the enlightment and sharing the memory of your cobalt truck , I love Easter as to me it also welcomes in Spring. :)

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      AEvans. Glad I could share with you. thanks for stopping by and commenting. As always much appreciated. Of course for us Autumn begins, I wore a jersey for the first time this year!

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