Let's Not Forget What This Week is Really All About

Spring is in the air; temperatures are warmer, flowers are in bloom and the days are longer. I, like most people tend to get caught up in the commercial aspect of the Spring Holidays. I love trekking to the mall to take a picture with the Easter Bunny, filling Easter baskets, decorating eggs and trying yummy new recipes.

Earlier this week while day dreaming in the car, it dawned on me that once again I was lost in the fun of the holiday and was forgetting what we would really be celebrating . Lucky for us, we have family that celebrate both Passover and Easter. So I thought I would refresh and have a little history lesson that I could share with everyone.

Passover is a Jewish Holiday and festival. It commemorates the story of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. In the book of Exodus, the Bible tells us that God helped free the children of Israel from slavery by inflicting 10 plagues on the Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves. The 10th plague and worse of all, was the slaughter of the first born. Israelites were told to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of spring lambs. This would let the spirit of the Lord know to pass over their home. This is where we get the name of the holiday, "Passover." It is believed that when the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, they left in such a hurry, not waiting for their bread dough to rise or leaven. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover, no leavened bread is eaten.

Easter is a Christan feast and holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion at the Calvary. Easter is preceded by Lent, which is a 40 day period of fasting, prayer and penance. Holy Week is the last week of Lent and includes Maundy Thursday (commemorating the Last Supper) and Good Friday, which marks the day of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.  Easter customs vary around the world, but many include decorating  and hunting for Easter Eggs.

I hope you have learned a thing or two in my short little history lesson. I know it was a nice little refresher for me and brought the real reason for the season back to the forefront. Whether your celebrating one of these holidays, both or neither; I hope you are surrounded by family, friends and those you love.

Happy Easter, Passover and Spring time!


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