Happy Easter

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Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday.

It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. This year is Easter on 6th April.

Origin of the word Easter is unknow. One of the theory says about Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time.

All over the word symbols of Easter are bunnies, chicks, lambs, basket and colored or decorated eggs. In the Czech Republic Easter calls Velikonoce (from phrase Veliké noce – Great nights) and Easter is very important feast, but not only in religion meaning. It is fun time with a lot of different traditions and customs, it depends on the local area.

Girls and women decorate eggs with different techniques, boys and men prepare pomlázka. Pomlázka (from pomladit -make younger) – a braided whip made from pussywillow twigs – has therefore been used for centuries by boys who go caroling on Easter Monday and symbolically whip girls on the legs. Boys used to make their own pomlázkas in the past (the more twigs, the more difficult it was to braid one), but this tradition and skill is long gone and pomlázkas can be bought in stores and on the stress now. Dousing a girl with water has a similar symbolic meaning as the pomlázka.

Happy Easter – Veselé Velikonoce

 

From history.com and myczechrepublic.com

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