Easter, Passover, and Other Spring Festivals

Easter, Passover, and Other Spring Festivals

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Spring signifies change and a new beginning. A time of longer days and warmer weather, the holidays celebrated during this season reflect this sense of renewal and rebirth. The specific customs and traditions may differ among cultures, but the underlying themes - of honoring life and the triumph of good over evil - remain the same. Although hundreds of festivals occur in the spring, four in particular are widely observed: the Christian Easter celebration, the Hindu celebration of Holi, the Jewish observance of Passover, and the Persian festival of Navruz. Easter, Passover, and Other Spring Festivals discusses how these holidays encourage individuals to gather with family and friends, honor the sacrifices others have made, enjoy special foods, and exchange gifts or tokens of affection.Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches of the West schedule Easter using a complicated system of rules that date to the Council of Nicea. At that meeting in 325, church leaders came up with a number of rules about how the Roman Catholic Church should work. One thing they ... Second, Eastern Churches use the actual first full Moon after the spring equinox to set the date of Easter. They do not useanbsp;...

Title:Easter, Passover, and Other Spring Festivals
Author:Ann Morrill
Publisher:Infobase Publishing - 2009


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