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He is Risen! You may hear this often during the weeks surrounding Easter. Do you know who "He" is? Have you heard the historical facts behind Easter? If not, this article will be quite interesting and informative. If you know the true meaning of Easter, read on and you may learn something new.
Let's start with a historical pagan celebration of the coming of spring. Eostre was a Greek goddess, and they believed that she returned each year after a long cold winter and brought with her the flowers, birds, and rejuvenation of the new season. The vernal equinox occurs on the 21st of March every year, and the pagan festivals were always celebrated around this time. In 325 A.D., the church council of Nicaea declared the first Sunday following the full moon on or after the vernal equinox as the day to celebrate Easter. Because of lunar cycles, Easter can occur as early as March 22nd or as late as April 25th. Now that you know a little about the origin of Easter, let's look at the modern meaning of the holiday.
In approximately 33 A.D., Jesus Christ was crucified on a Roman cross and buried in a tomb on a Friday. Three days later Jesus arose from the tomb. That is a very brief overview of the Christian reason for celebration - Jesus' defeat of hell and the grave. An artist named "Big Mo" has an extremely vivid portrayal of Jesus' resurrection called "Jesus' Funeral."
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