I know yesterday that the Leprechaun said that mine would be the more dignified and respectful of the two issues, but you have to understand, Lethal is not really sure what the words dignified and respectful mean. We’ll have some fun today and poke some fun today and hopefully, you’ll start your Easter holiday off with a smile!
Well, come on! Don’t most people have a nice dinner for Easter? Why should us dragons be any different?
Origins of Easter*
Easter is perhaps nowadays seen as a mostly Christian festival but in fact its origins lie in three religious faiths – Pagan, Hebrew and Christian.
Pagan tradition suggests that the name Easter is derived from Ostara or Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring to whom the month of April was dedicated.
Another Pagan tradition that can coincide with Easter is the vernal equinox or the Festival of Spring in March, which symbolizes the rebirth of nature following the cold days of winter.
Even today Pagan symbols live on in the celebration of Easter with the hare, a symbol of fertility, becoming the Easter Bunny and brightly decorated eggs which were originally used to represent the colors of the new spring. Eggs were also an important fertility symbol.
Easter is also connected to the Hebrew “pesach” (Passover) festival that is an important date in the Jewish calendar commemorating the flight and freedom of the Israelites from Egypt and slavery when the angel of death “passed over” their dwellings offering them protection.
Passover is celebrated over eight days and many of the early Christians, who were of Jewish origin, regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival.
According to Christian tradition Easter is a major celebration marking the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was crucified on what is known to Christians as Good Friday and was resurrected three days later on Easter Sunday. Rolling decorated Easter Eggs is seen to represent the rolling away of the rock from the tomb of Jesus.
Easter marks the end of the period of Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday and is a time of penitence in preparation for the highest festival of the church. Although there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday Lent itself only lasts 40 days as Sundays are excluded.
The last week of Lent is celebrated as Holy Week and begins with Palm Sunday that marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as the crowds laid palms at his feet. Holy Thursday marks the Last Supper before the anniversary of the crucifixion on Good Friday.
Easter is a moveable feast as churches in the west celebrate it on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox on 21st March. That means Easter Sunday can be as early as the third week in March or as late as the fourth week in April.
*Special thanks to happy-easter.com for this informative article
A man wanted an Easter pet for his daughter. He looked at a baby chick and a baby duck. They were both very cute, but he decided to buy the baby chick. Do you know why? The baby chick was a little cheeper!
Why do we paint Easter eggs? Because it’s easier than trying to wallpaper them!
Why did the Easter Bunny have to fire the duck? Because he kept quacking all the eggs!
What’s pink, has five toes, and is carried by the Easter Bunny? His lucky people’s foot!
Awwwwww……is that not adorable? What a shame. We start out so cute and cuddly and grow up to eat your virgins and burn your villages. It’s only because we are so misunderstood. We’re actually such nice friendly people…..loving …. and … nice …. and
Why do I get the impression you’re not buying any of this? Okay, on with the laughter then.
To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the bible in the King James version with the old English writings and spellings. Here, the Easter Story as told by Saint Matthew:
Matthew Chapter 28
In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead [men].
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him [away] while we slept.
14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
Well, I don’t know. So far, a bit more dignified and respectful than Lethal’s offering yesterday, so maybe it’s time to lighten the mood a little….
Yeah, me too….. I’m gonna run and go fill up on some Easter Pizza that was left for me by the Easter Pizza Bunny, while you guys laugh at some of this other stuff:
One thing I’ve discovered…..with a decent search engine and a little imagination, I could do this all day long! Hope you had as much fun with these as I did finding them!
This thing is going to take all day to load, lol. I’ll wrap the cartoons up with a real classic!
Not really what we had in mind when we asked the girls for a peep show…
Well my friends, it’s time for this dragon to get his ass draggin’ on to other things.
May you have a beautifully special day tomorrow and may you have all the blessings of an Easter Sunday.