Easter In Words
The Easter Flower by Claude McKay
Far from this foreign Easter damp and chilly
My soul steals to a pear-shaped plot of ground,
Where gleamed the lilac-tinted Easter lily
Soft-scented in the air for yards around;
Alone, without a hint of guardian leaf!
Just like a fragile bell of silver rime,
It burst the tomb for freedom sweet and brief
In the young pregnant year at Eastertime;
And many thought it was a sacred sign,
And some called it the resurrection flower;
And I, a pagan, worshiped at its shrine,
Yielding my heart unto its perfumed power.
Easter In Time
Vigor, new life, ressurection, abundance! Easter is a celebration of hope and fresh beginnings. A riot of fertility symbols, Easter was original a Pagan festival dedicated to the goddess of spring( offspring, springtime.) Christian missionaries determined to convert the heathen to Jesus’s fold, knew that their best shot of acquiring a new follower was to incorporate these rites into their own calendar. To deny people their parties would not have been a smart move, and besides the dates coincided with the entombment and resurrection of the Christian god.
Easter In Tradition.
In European culture Easter is the pinnacle of Lent. The end of the fast. A display of plentitude. Symbols of the season of birth, Spring abound in the form of Hare’s, Bunnies and Eggs. The Bunny, considered by our ancestors to be the epitome of fertility, is the Easter mascot of choice. Eggs of all kind are to be found across Christian world – Signature havens of potential brimming to crack open with youthful energy. New Life.
Traditionally eggs are painted, decorated and carved into a host of artistic shapes and forms to celebrate the beginning of spring and the sacrifice make by god to breathe life into humanity. The Ukrainians make delicately painted eggs, carefully tinted, layer by layer using wax and dye.
The Russians exchanged bejeweled eggs, made out of precious metals and pricy gemstones, the most famous of which of corse were the Fabrege Eggs made by the house of Fabrege for Tsar Nicolas before the Russian Revolution usurped the aristocrats power.
The Easter basket as well as the chocolate egg find their origins in Germany. Children were encouraged to leave a nest (basket) out for eggs to be laid for their enjoyment by the Oyster Haw. The first Chocolate eggs were made in the in the 1800 in France and Germany they were solid, with hollow eggs only becoming popular by the turn of the century when modern production methods allowed for mass production.
Easter In Craft
Constuct an Easter Egg.