All posts tagged: Easter

“E” is for Easter…

There’s not supposed to be a post today, and “E” is reserved for tomorrow. But I learned something today, and thought I’d pass it along. In the ‘things I never knew’ category: “Today is the Christian holiday of Easter Sunday, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead three days after his crucifixion. Easter is a moveable feast; in other words, it’s one of the few floating holidays in the calendar year, because it’s based on the cycles of the moon. Jesus was said to have risen from the dead on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. For that reason, Easter can fall as early as March 22nd and as late as April 25th. Easter also marks the end of the 40-day period of Lent and the beginning of Eastertide; the week before Easter is known as Holy Week and includes the religious holidays Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. “The word “Easter” and most of the secular celebrations of the holiday come from pagan traditions. Anglo Saxons worshipped Eostre, the goddess of springtime and …

Palm Sunday…

It snowed here yesterday… It never used to snow around Palm Sunday when I was growing up. Of course, I’m no longer living in the place where I grew up. The place where I grew up has changed, and faded with time. It’s changed literally, as the old neighborhood just ain’t what it used to be. And figuratively, as memory sometimes tends to play fast and loose with reality. I’m currently residing some 1000 miles north of that almost mystical place-holder of childhood memories. Which, according to my Mother, might as well be somewhere in the astronomical neighborhood of Canis Minor, for all that I get home to visit her.