Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
to the Biblical story in which Jesus is resurrected (the reason Christians celebrate Easter), pointing to another appropriation of pre-Christian religious figures, symbols and myths by early Christianity.
The Easter Bunny is German in origin. He first appears in literature in 16th century as a deliverer of eggs. All rabbits and hares were thought to lay eggs on Easter Day, but the Easter Bunny specifically sought out and rewarded well-behaved children with colored eggs in a manner reminiscent of Yule customs. The movements of the hare, leaping and zig-zagging across the fields, were thought to hold clues to the coming year.
Eggs themselves are obvious symbols of resurrection and continuing life, as well as fertility. Early humans thought the return of the sun from winter darkness was an annual miracle, and saw the egg as a natural wonder and proof of the renewal of life. As Christianity spread the egg was adopted as a symbol of Jesus' resurrection from the tomb.
So, observant Christians who are aware of the origins and folklore surrounding bunnies and eggs celebrate Resurrection Sunday in keeping with Biblical teachings. Others celebrate Easter.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The Seventh and Final Day of Kwanzaa is January 1st, New Year's Day and Imani (Faith) is the Principle for Kwanzaa's Final Day
Kuumba means creativity and sets the tone for the sixth day of Kwanzaa. This day occurs on New Year’s Eve and considered special. There is often a celebration or feast that accompanies the ritual lighting of the candles (for this day, the last of the red ones). The eldest member present will also read the Tamishi La Tutaonana, a farewell statement to the old year.
On the fifth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red and then the next green candle. This represents the 5th principle of Kwanzaa - Nia (NEE-ah). : Purpose . The fifth principle is discussed. The family shares the Unity cup and the candles are extinguished.