Since Easter occurs in April this year, I thought I would explain Easter along with some of my Easter fused glass pendants. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like one of the Easter fused glass pendants (firstname.lastname@example.org) as they are not all on my Elegant Fused Glass by Karen site.
According to Wikipedia, Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
- March 5 – Ash Wednesday
- April 13 – Palm Sunday
- April 17 – Maundy (Holy) Thursday
- April 18 – Good Friday
- April 20 – Easter Sunday (Western & Orthodox Christianity – Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
Easter is a “moveable feast”, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon following the March equinox. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for “Easter” and “Passover” are identical or very similar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter,
Keeping my kiln warm,