As I type this, Catholics celebrated Easter yesterday. Here, in the East of Europe, we'll celebrate on Sunday.
The Jewish people started to celebrate/ovserve Passover/Pesach, on the 8th of April, in the evening.
Muslims will start to celebrate or better said, observe Ramadan later in the month. However, Ramadan has nothing to do with Easter/Passover, as far as I know. I also don't know much about this holy month so, I can't talk about it.
I only mentioned them because they say they believe in the same God. I don't know about that, I don't want to go into a discussion about this, not right now. I just wanted to acknowledge them.
If you celebrate Easter, chances are you're going it wrong, if you do the following:
1. Eating chocolate
I have no idea where the idea to eat chocolate for Passover came from. It's probably something some chocolate maker decided to try and convince the public to do, in order to keep on selling chocolate. and it worked.
I honestly don't have the power to search the reason why at this moment, but i might in the future.
2. Rabbits ... eggs....Passover?
There is no connection between rabbits and Passover. Rabbits don't even lay eggs. I can't even say rabbits are a symbol for life.
Speaking of eggs, i have no idea why you have to search for them either. It is fun, yes, but this is a bitter-sweet celebration, for both Jews and Christians, if you ask me.
If anything they could symbolize fertility because rabbits can give birth to many babies. Fertility has nothing to do with Passover.
If you think the celebration is about rabbits or fertility, you might be celebrating Ostara instead, a Wiccan/Pagan celebration. In this case, you shouldn't call yourself a Christian, anymore, sorry. :(
3. Where is the Ressurection?
It appears that when Jesus was crucified, this happened during the Pesach observation. And Jesus was a Jew and he was killed by the Jewish priests, or something. Go read the Bible to know more.
Please, don't go attack any Jewish person over this aspect. You better go thank them instead. Think about it: if Jesus didn't die for (y)our sins then, we'd be living in a different world.
According to the Christian Bible, Jesus resurrected on the 3rd day. And this is what you're supposed to celebrate, not the stupid rabbits.
4. lambs are connected to Passover
Lambs are connected to this celebration because the Bible says (more or less) that Jesus was sacrificed like an (innocent) lamb.
In fact, here in this Easterrn country, lamb is the traditional Passover meal/meat. It's rarely eaten outside of this celebration, and i don't why, and i don't mind it.
5. "Easter" and not Passover or Resurrection
Easter is most likely related to Ostara, see above.
As a Christian, you should probably use the term Resurrection for this celebration. If instead you want to be closer to the Jewish roots, you should use the term Passover.
Jesus died to free us from sin. Passover commemorates the time the Jewish people spent in the desert, after being freed from slavery. This is the real connection between these holy days. And also the time at which Jesus was crucified, as mentioned earlier.
If you're Catholic and already celebrated "Easter," try not to feel too bad about it. There's at least one reason this entry appeared today and not earlier: old habits die hard. HAd you read this before "Easter," your mood would have been ruined.
Everyone has to stay at home, and most likely searching for chocolate eggs and eating them was the highlight of this nonsense going on, until we can go out again.
You can't even cancel some things just because you just learned they're wrong. Lifestyle changes happen in time, if you want to change some things. Reading this article now, gives you 1 year to prepare for the next Passover in a more appropriate way.
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