1. the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ and held on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.
Old English ēastre ; of Germanic origin and related to German Ostern and east; perhaps from Ēastre, the name of a goddess associated with spring.
The holiday of Easter has gradually become secularised, and for many it's the equivalent of a celebration of spring and good weather. The tradition of decorating eggs for Easter has been around since the 13th century, when early Christians stained eggs red in honour of Christ's blood. The humble egg is an enduring symbol of Easter, representing fertility, renewal and life, with countries around the world showcasing age-old traditions of decorating eggs in every way imaginable, from rustic dyeing to exquisite engraving. Whatever your beliefs, take time out to enjoy the spring break with family and friends.
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