Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and is Christianity’s most important holiday. Each year the dates moves, depending on the date of the first Sunday following the full moon after the Spring equinox.
Although Easter is a Christian holiday, many say that it’s roots are in the ancient festival of Eostre, honoring the Teutonic Goddess of Spring and Fertility. In the Germanic languages, the word Easter has evolved from Eostre. In Latin based languages, words to celebrate this holiday have evolved from the Hebrew word Pesach, meaning Passover. In Spain, Easter is known as Pascua and in France, Pacques. The Jewish Festival of Pesach is held at the same time as Easter. It celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt which occurred after Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Whilst Easter and Passover are very important religious observances, as with other such important holidays, over the years pagan, folk and other customs have become associated with the celebrations. Easter Eggs for instance are symbols of fertility. As are the Easter Bunny and Easter Chicks, both also synonymous with fertility and the rites of Spring. Commercialism has resulted in the prolific amount of eggs and candy we see today.
So, as your dentist, please remember, that in all things sweet – moderation is the key! Pace yours (and your kids) consumption.
Remember to brush and floss! And, don’t forget, if you need us, call 734-485-2200.
We wish everyone a Blessed, Peaceful and Happy Easter and Passover.
Well, it has today anyway, here in beautiful, SUNNY and (relatively at 51f) warm South-East Michigan!!!!
How do I know?????? Well, apart from the scientific and meteorological stuff that tells us it has, such as;
“Spring began with the Vernal Equinox on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. The term Vernal Equinox coming from the Latin words ‘ver’ meaning spring, ‘aequus’ meaning equal and ‘nox’ for night. Thus, the word Equinox means that night and day are pretty much equal length.”
I know because:-
It is sunny outside,
The sky is blue,
It is warm,
The snow (most of it anyway) has gone,
I want to clean and do housework (and believe me THAT is DEFINITELY a change from the Winter hibernation stage….)
Everyone looks happy,
The buds are beginning to open on the trees outside my house,
The Robins have arrived,
From the right angle, my lawn is beginning to look green again…..
From the right angle, the weeds on my lawn are beginning to appear again……
My mailbox is stuffed with lawn service fliers,
Daffodils and Tulips are on sale everywhere,
My husband is ‘champing at the bit’ because Spring Training is almost over and…..YES, Baseball season is about to be upon us,
Easter Candy is EVERYWHERE!!!!
The past two weekends there have been Easter Egg hunts, EVERYWHERE!!!
Nests are appearing in the trees behind the house,