Origin of Easter
Examples from the Web for easter
At the same time, the Easter Elchies House began to deteriorate.
The land at Easter Elchies was the ideal place for Reid to set up his business.
And I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to stay at Easter Elchies House, the spiritual home at The Macallan.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan||December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The company soon embarked on a refurbishment of Easter Elchies, opening to the public in 1985.
At the center of it all is Easter Elchies House—one of the so-called six pillars of the company.
Moreover, Sir, if it please your mastership for to understand how your wool was housed ever deal by Easter even.Medieval People|Eileen Edna Power
Writing of other traditions, 'one of the most beautiful of Easter customs still survives.Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts|Rosalind Northcote
The date of Easter regulates the dates of the other movable feasts.
The week before Easter is a busy one for the boys and girls in East Lancashire.Lancashire Folk-lore|John Harland
This, then, was the foundation of Lady Nottingham's Easter party.Daisy's Aunt|E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
British Dictionary definitions for easter
Word Origin for Easter
Word Origin and History for easter
Old English Easterdæg, from Eastre (Northumbrian Eostre), from Proto-Germanic *Austron, a goddess of fertility and spring, probably originally of sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, from *austra-, from PIE *aus- "to shine" (especially of the dawn).
Bede says Anglo-Saxon Christians adopted her name and many of the celebratory practices for their Mass of Christ's resurrection. Ultimately related to east. Almost all neighboring languages use a variant of Latin Pascha to name this holiday (see paschal). Easter egg attested by 1825, earlier pace egg (1610s). Easter bunny attested by 1904 in children's lessons; Easter rabbit is by 1888; the paganish customs of Easter seem to have grown popular c. 1900; before that they were limited to German immigrants.
If the children have no garden, they make nests in the wood-shed, barn, or house. They gather colored flowers for the rabbit to eat, that it may lay colored eggs. If there be a garden, the eggs are hidden singly in the green grass, box-wood, or elsewhere. On Easter Sunday morning they whistle for the rabbit, and the children imagine that they see him jump the fence. After church, on Easter Sunday morning, they hunt the eggs, and in the afternoon the boys go out in the meadows and crack eggs or play with them like marbles. Or sometimes children are invited to a neighbor's to hunt eggs. [Phebe Earle Gibbons, "Pennsylvania Dutch," Philadelphia 1882]
Culture definitions for easter
An important religious festival among Christians (see also Christian); it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus after his Crucifixion. Easter is celebrated on a Sunday in spring, and the season of Easter, a time of rejoicing, continues for several weeks. The penitential season of Lent is a time of preparation for Easter.