My daughters, granddaughters and I just colored some eggs this morning, then this afternoon our auntie friend, Grantie brought some plastic eggs filled with little treats, the adults hid them outside and the little girls had fun finding them, even 17 month old Rosie! Blessings to you and yours always,
Happy and blessed Easter. The cowslip cheered me up here in India (Orchids, however beautiful, are so not right for Easter!) and I like the tree. Unfortunately I was not able to make my tree this year – but hopefully again next year 🙂
Easter tree! Here in Australia we really are remote from the customs of the old country…I’ve never heard of an Easter tree. Maybe it’s just me. I do like yours, however, and I’ll now think about that for the future. The basically-bare branches would be appropriate for the autumn season in which Easter falls in Australia. Actually, this makes me wonder why the full moon doesn’t feature in Easter decorations somehow, since by definition, it’s always full on Easter Sunday.
Anyway, all that is somewhat beside the real point of Easter, which I will have to leave to others to express. Hope sounds good though.
Thank you everyone for your good wishes. We have had a lovely Easter. The Dafter was able to go to two different baptisms of friends, both of which she enjoyed.
Flora, what is the “lighting of the new fire”?
oldblack, what a genius idea, to have the full moon as an Easter decoration. I’ve known for a long time that the timing of Easter has to do with the phases of the moon, but I’d never realised before that in fact, Easter Sunday by definition falls near the new moon!
A Catholic web site tells me that the rule to decide Easter Sunday is that “…Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after (never on) the Paschal full moon.
Theoretically, the Paschal full moon is the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox. However, this day can be reckoned in different ways. One way is by looking at the sky, which yields the astronomical spring equinox. But since this shifts from year to year, most people follow the calendrical spring equinox, which is reckoned as March 21.
On the Gregorian calendar (the one that we use), Easter is the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon on or after March 21.“