|More beautiful vintage cards can be seen at the Greencastle Museum website.|
|Art by Thalia Took|
The date of Easter changes each year(unlike stationary holidays, like Christmas) because it falls on the Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. Why this reliance on the lunar calendar? Because the Council of Nicaea reasoned that Passover, which falls on that new moon, would have come directly before the death of Christ.
So what did our great grandmothers do for Easter? It depends...while many traditions translate easily to similar American customs, others are very unique.
There are eggs a-plenty:
|Spectacular Swiss Eggs from You Craft Me Up|
As well as bread and cakes:
|Greek Easter Bread, recipe here.|
|Swiss Easter Cake|
|Hot Cross Buns, a favorite at our house.|
In Sweden, little children also dress up as Easter Witches, complete with painted red cheeks and freckles, and go door-to-door for treats, based on a tradition that all the local witches fly over the water to a mountain in Northern Germany the Thursday before Easter for a meeting with the devil (another one of those "huh" moments...some suggest the tradition dates to a rather ugly witch hunt in the 1600's).
|A lovely Victorian Easter Witch|
Whether Christian, Pagan, or purely secular, this time of spring is a wonderful time to celebrate new life, and the return of light over darkness. Happy Easter!