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(April 23) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Easter Even

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

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Easter Even / Holy Saturday / The Great Sabbath (Christian)
The Saturday before Easter and last day of Holy Week.

In Roman Catholic Churches, the altar is either stripped completely bare or coloured in violet, while the administration of the sacraments is severely limited. Holy Communion is given only as Viaticum. All Masses are strictly prohibited. No Mass at all appears in the liturgy for this day, nor for the preceding day, Good Friday. Many of the churches of the Anglican Communion observe most of the same traditions, however their altars are usually stripped or coloured in black.*

* source: wikipedia – Holy Saturday

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/22)

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 22 : Good Friday
02 days till Easter

Did you know that in many Catholic churches, Good Friday services begin at precisely 3 o’clock* (PM)?

*This is the time that Jesus is believed to have died on the Cross.

Good Friday is a solemn day of prayer, repentance and, in some churches, fasting in commemoration of Jesus’ death. Catholics, Greek and Russian Orthodox, and many Protestants celebrate Good Friday.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/21)

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 21 : Holy Thursday
03 days till Easter

Did you know that in Russia, Easter eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday*?

The traditional method involves boiling the eggs in a mixture of onion peels and silk scraps. Russian Easter eggs are thought to possess magic powers, including bringing prosperity and warding off evil spirits.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/20)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 20 : 04 days till Easter

Did you know that in Greece, children and adults alike play an egg cracking game called tsougrisma on Easter?

Players attempt to crack their eggs against their friend’s egg; the last person with an un-cracked egg is considered the lucky one. The Greeks traditionally dye their eggs red, symbolizing the blood and passion of Christ.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Holiday Invite: Easter on the Net

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: Easter will be celebrated this Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Hoppy Easter!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to hop on over to our Easter celebration, Easter on the Net.

Our Easter celebration has everything you could possibly want to know about this pinnacle holiday in the Christian religion. From an overview of Easter and the holiday’s historical origins to an explanation of the 40-day Lenten Season, including the holidays of Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

Have you ever wondered how Easter is celebrated in the Holy Land? Or what traditions are practiced by the Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox communities? Speaking of which, do you know why there are two different dates for Easter — one celebrated by Western churches, the other by Eastern Orthodox churches?

Perhaps you think you know already all there is to know about Easter! Like where the custom of hunting for Easter eggs comes from. And why the bunny rabbit is a symbol of Easter. Or how the Easter lily became associated with this springtime holiday. And just why we eat so much chocolate and marshmallowy candy at Easter time. You can brush up on the answers to these questions and more in our newest trivia feature: Did You Know Easter?

Do you have young children at home? Help them get ready for the Easter holiday by sending an email to the Easter bunny (every child will receive a personalized message in return!) or by enjoying one of our age-appropriate Easter crafts and coloring pages. We also have tips for hosting the perfect Easter egg hunt, cooking up a mouth-watering Easter menu and organizing a round of Easter egg games. We even have step-by-step instructions for making your own Easter egg baskets.

Finally, don’t forget to wish your family and friends a Happy, Hoppy Easter by sending one of our free Easter e-cards.

This year, the moveable feast of Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 24, 2011. The Eastern Orthodox churches will also enjoy their Easter celebrations on Sunday, April 24. We look forward to sharing our celebrations with you and your family.

Happy Easter!

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/19)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 19 : 05 days till Easter

Did you know that the trumpet shape of the Easter Lily is considered symbolic of the heralding of Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem?

Biblical scholars also tell us that lilies may have grown in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus.

Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s Easter Lilies are produced by just ten growers along the California-Oregon border?

Known as the Easter Lily Capital of the World, this area sees more than 15 million lily bulbs planted each year to meet the Easter demand.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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Holiday Reminder: Easter

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Holiday Reminder:
Easter will be celebrated next Sunday, April 24th 2011.

This year both the Western and Eastern Orthodox (Greek & Russian) Easters are celebrated on the same day.

Visit our Easter celebration for more fun and information.

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