Easter Sunday

Friday 13 November 2009

Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection. Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 20, the nominal date of the Spring Equinox.

Easter Traditions have been derived primarily from Pagan traditions:

Hot Cross Buns – at the feast of Eostre, the Saxon fertility Goddess, an ox was sacrificed. The ox’s horns became a symbol for the feast. They were carved into the ritual bread. Thus originated “hot cross buns”. The word “buns” is derived from the Saxon word “boun” which means “sacred ox.” Later, the symbol of a symmetrical cross was used to decorate the buns; the cross represented the moon, the heavenly body associated with the Goddess, and its four quarters.

Easter Rabbit and Eggs – the symbols of the Norse Goddess Ostara were the hare and the egg. Both represented fertility. From these, we have inherited the customs and symbols of the Easter egg and Easter rabbit.

Stitching Cards Value Pack No. 8: Easter Patterns