April – Fools and Eggs

Hello, hope you all had a lovely Easter and have enjoyed the break.

As a non-chocolate eater there was no danger of me over doing it on the chocolate front at this time of the year.  I was given some gifts to help me with my watercolour painting, which was lovely.  So much nicer than filling myself with chocolate 🙂

I have realised it’s been a few weeks since I last posted, oh dear! Time to put that right…

NB…I know Easter can sometimes fall in March but for the purposes of this blog it’s an April event 🙂

Easter Eggs, bunnies and other things

How did easter eggs and easter bunnies become part of the Easter celebrations? Eggs have great symbolism relating to new life, fertility and rebirth. In pre christian fertility lore Rabbits and Hares served as symbols of fertility during Spring.

Easter egg hunts, with trails left by the easter bunny, began as children believed rabbits and hares eggs were laid in grass. The easter bunny (which was originally a hare) is an Easter tradition which is thought to have originated from 16th century Germany.

Originally brightly decorated eggs were exchanged as romantic gifts, servants in mediaeval times were also given decorated eggs at easter time.

Some ideas for next year:

A lovely blog with several posts about decorated eggs, it includes some really beautiful pictures.

Some more decorated eggs…

http://familyfun.go.com/easter/easter-crafts/easter-egg-decorating/

http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/easter/easter-egg-decorations

Also, if you are looking for alternative easter gifts next year here is a great post I came across the other day..

One last link…these easter cupcakes are SO cute!  My mum decided to make a version of them and they were extremely nice!

April Fools

So, how many of you fell for an April fool this year?  I prefer to take the stance of stubbornly refusing to believe ANYTHING I see or hear on 1st April, until it is safe to stop being cynical, hehe.  I find it works very well.  What is the best april fool you have ever seen or heard and did you believe it at the time?

April Fools (or All Fools Day) is thought to be linked to the change of calendar, from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, in 1582, although no-one is actually completely sure when it started and there are other theories.

For this post I am concentrating on the calendar change theory.  The theory states that ancient cultures celebrated New Year around 1 April, also most of europe celebrated the ‘Feast of Annunciation’ around 20 March as the beginning of the new year.  According to legend the new change in calendar wasn’t very popular and people refused to accept, continuing to celebrate New Year on 1 April.  Those who refused to acknowledge the change were made fun of, some even sent them on ‘fools errands’ or tricked them in other ways.

Eventually the tricks and jokes became popular in europe and have continued ever since.

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8 Responses to April – Fools and Eggs

  1. The timing of Easter seems somewhat confusing because it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar as for instance is Christmas Day or my Birthday. Easter falls at some point in a thirty-five day period sometime between late March and late April each year and the exact date is determined by the cycle of the moon. After several centuries of disagreement, and prompted by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the year 325 to sort things out, all churches accepted the basis of the Alexandrian Church that Easter is the first Sunday after the first fourteenth day of the Paschal Full Moon that is on or after the ecclesiastical vernal equinox. To you and me this is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox which is that moment in time when the centre of the Sun can be observed to be directly above the equator.

  2. viveka says:

    Thanks for this … very intresting reading!

  3. robin says:

    Thanks for tagging my blog on your post, Maria. You have some very interesting info on your site!

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