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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Eggs and Rabbits and Interviews

On this, Sunday morning here in China...Easter Sunday around the world, I thought I'd share some Easter facts.

*Why does Easter move about from year to year? Because in 325 AD, Emperor Consantine wanted to bring order to the spring Pagan festival celebrating the Anglo-Saxon godess of fertility - Eostre or Eastre - that coicided with the Christian church's observance of of the reserection of Christ. thus the Emperor coveined the Council of Nicaea which rules that Easter should thus forth be celebrated on the first full moon following the spring equinox. So, Easter can no fall anytime between March 21st & April 25th.

* Rabbits or hares are said to have been a symbol of the goddess of fertility Eostre (Eastre) and there have been discriptions of her having the head of a hare, although no drawings/scuptures depict her as such. with the passing of Paganism in to Christianity much of this was dropped...UNTIL...In the 1500s the German Oschter Haws, a magical bunny, fluffy, cute and believed by German children to bring them a nest of eggs inbthe garden. The Easter hare was brought to the New World by Dutch & German settlers and thanks to marketing, card shops and a growing choolate trade, we are able to give and receive gifts of the fertility goddess or is it the Easter Hare to this very day.

*CHOCOLATE: Cadbury pioneered the chocolate egg we know today...starting in 1875.

*Eggs: It's uncertain when eggs became associted with Easter, eggs have long been a symbol of fertility. Painted eggs are found as far back as ancient Rome, but it was Edward I of England in 1200 that bought 450 guilded eggs (for 18p) and dispersed them as gifts to the royal family.

So...Lolly and Diane wrote up some interview questions to me! Thanks Ladies!

For Lolly's question and answer click here!

For Diane's question and answer click here!

If you want ME to interview YOU, please leave me a comment email me saying “interview me.” If you leave a comment, make sure you leave your blog address. I will go in the order that people asked to be interviewed, and depending on the turnout, I cannot promise more than 5 interviews every few days (I'm traveling!)I will respond by asking you five questions here on my blog.You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Ciao ciao!


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