We are almost there! When is Easter 2022? It is on Sunday April 17, 2022 and the traditional celebrations are slowly but surely coming! How to celebrate this holiday, what to do on Easter day and ideas for Easter dinner – we shall try to help you with some suggestions.
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Why the Date of April 17?
Easter Sunday is on April 17, 2022, followed by the Easter Monday holiday, April 18. If for a long time, Christians celebrated Easter at the same time as Passover, which could fall on a Sunday as well as a Monday or a Saturday, this has not been the case for some time now. Indeed, in 325, the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea decided that Easter should henceforth take place on a Sunday, the day of the resurrection of Jesus. The calculation is not the simplest: the Council fixed the day of Easter on the first Sunday after the full moon which follows the first day of spring.
To put it simply, Easter is not a fixed date feast, it can be celebrated between March 22 and April 25. Finally, be aware that the date differs for the Orthodox who use the Julian calendar and not the Gregorian calendar. For them, spring comes on April 3, not March 20 or 21. Each year, the Orthodox Easter is therefore celebrated a few days later.
Why Bunnies at Easter – What Is the Origin of the Easter Bunny?
The Easter Bunny bringing eggs (Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is one of the symbols of the holiday. Why Bunnies at Easter? The truth is that the origin of the Easter Bunny is a mystery and there are many theories that explain why the rabbit has become symbolic. Easter is a religious holiday, celebrating the birth of Jesus, but the Bunny is not mentioned in the Bible. One of the theories for the origin of the Easter Bunny is in pagan traditions – rabbits were a symbol of fertility. Another theory explains that spring and bunnies symbolize new life, birth and renewal. The Easter Bunny is mentioned in references dating back to the 17th century when the Germanic people introduced the Osterhase – a rabbit who brought gifts to children at Easter time. Whatever the origin and despite the fact that there is no religious significance, eggs and bunnies are the symbols of Easter Holiday to this day.
Why Easter Bunny Brings Eggs?
Again, historians explain the origin of Easter eggs with pagan traditions. Eggs represent new life and that is why they are associated with spring celebrations. Indeed, it was already the tradition to offer an egg at the time of spring both among the Egyptians and the Romans. In the Middle Ages, the Church forbade the eating of eggs during Lent. Thus, they were preserved and decorated to mark the end of the fast and people ate then on Easter day.
Why Do We Have Baskets On Easter?
Another symbol of the holiday is the basket. Easter baskets are traditional and again, their origin is traced back to antiquity and Pagan rituals, traditions that and spring celebrations. Since eggs are the symbol of rebirth and new life, baskets full of eggs symbolize fertility and new beginning.
What to Do On Easter Day?
Easter Sunday is, for Christians around the world, a day of celebration during which all the prohibitions of Lent are lifted. The celebrations are about traditions, family bonds and time with friends and Easter 2022 should not be an exception. Of course, many people attend mass but if you are looking for some fun activities, here are some suggestions for you!
Holidays are a lot of fun for children and there are numerous crafts and games for kids. Ask the children to help with the festive home decoration, they can make Easter cards, egg baskets, bake and decorate cookies, take part in egg decorating, etc. Easter egg hunt is another super fun Easter Tradition that children enjoy and love the most about Easter.
Of course, Easter lunch or dinner with the family is a must. Decorate the table for the holiday in bright spring colors, prepare delicious meals and enjoy the time with the people that you love!
Easter 2022 Dinner Ideas – A Traditional Menu or Something New?
A traditional Easter Dinner with the family as part of the celebrations. Easter food traditions vary in different parts of the world and countries and there is a huge number of dishes that you can try this year.
Easter 2022 dinner ideas include festive appetizers, roasted lamb, which is actually one of the more common main courses for this holiday. Deviled eggs are hugely popular which hardly comes as a surprise. On the first place, they are the favorite of many people, and there are quite many boiled eggs in every home. Easter bread is a tradition in many countries around the world. In Greece, the bread (tsoureki) is decorated with red eggs while in Italy (Pane di Pasqua) – with colorful eggs.