What is Easter?

What Does Easter Mean

The concept of Easter has an extensive etymological journey: from Hebrew it passed into the Greek language, and from there to Latin until it became Easter . It is the name of a festival that had Hebrew origin and is currently the most important celebration of Catholicism .

During Easter, which marks the end of Holy Week , the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated . The date of Easter is variable and is between March 22 and April 25 .
The various stages that culminate in Easter begin with Lent , which is forty days of penance in preparation for Holy Week . This week, meanwhile, begins with Palm Sunday (commemorates the entry of Christ into the city of Jerusalem ), on Easter Monday , the Holy Tuesday ( Christ announces the imminent betrayal of Judas ), Holy Wednesday (such betrayal concrete ), Holy Thursday (the Last Supper takes place ), Good Friday (crucifixion and burial of Jesus), Holy Saturday (the Easter vigil) and, finally, Easter Sunday (the resurrection).

Beyond religion , Easter brings other traditions linked to the pagan. As the date of Easter coincides with the boreal spring, fertility is celebrated through eggs that symbolize this fertility. In many countries, therefore, people eat chocolate eggs that contain, inside, candies and toys for children.
Chocolate seems to be the quintessential food during Easter, regardless of the prevailing religion in each country and the personal beliefs of each individual. Although in countries such as Spain, Brazil, Argentina and the United States it is celebrated in a similar way, in Malaysia, for example, Easter does not occupy an important place since the majority of the population is Muslim; however, they are known to consume large amounts of chocolate on this date.
Catalan children receive the Easter monkey from their godparents , which, far from being a figure of an ape, may be an egg or a chocolate sculpture (it may well be a structure such as a castle, or the image of some fashionable character from children's movies). His godmothers, on the other hand, give palms to their nieces and palmones to their nephews so that they can bring blessings to the church and then they can eat the goodies that adorn them (the palms and palmones are decorated rods that are carried like scepters).

A curious custom associated with Easter is the prohibition of eating beef or poultry on Good Friday, since in some regions the consumption of fish is allowed . The idea of ​​abstinence is based on making a sacrifice to respect the delivery of Jesus Christ, on rejecting delicacies, as a symbol of gratitude for all their suffering in pursuit of our salvation. That said, the main point of the restriction is not what foods should not be eaten, but rather that delicious dishes should not be prepared.
It is important to remember that in the countries of the Northern Hemisphere Easter comes along with the first days of heat, so the activities that take place around it are very different from those of the Southern Hemisphere . One of the activities of the former consists of hiding decorated eggs among the plants and trees, so that the children can later look for them. In the South, on the other hand, the most normal is to spend time at home with the family, although many take the opportunity to vacation in warm places.
It should be noted that, according to the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) , Easter is written with an initial capital letter when it refers to the period that begins with the nativity of Christ and even goes as far as Kings .

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