Easter – a religious celebration
The most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ on the third day following his crucifixion.
It is held on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere.
The celebrations run in the church from Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter), through to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
How do you celebrate?
The countdown is on (really, see below the survey) but before we make it to the long weekend we’ve got a little survey for your to par-take in. We’ve asked around and compiled a bunch of questions to get an understanding of our our readers mark the weekend.
Why the Easter Bunny?
The modern Easter Bunny is believed to have originated in Germany. The Easter Bunny is referenced in a late 16th century German Text – “Do not worry if the Easter Bunny escapes you; should we miss his eggs, we will cook the nest,” the text reads. A century later, a German text once again mentions the Easter Bunny, describing it as an “old fable”, and suggesting that the story had been around for a while before the book was written.
In the 18th century, German immigrants took the custom of the Easter Bunny with them to the United States and, by the end of the 19th century, sweet shops in the eastern states were selling rabbit-shaped candies, prototypes of the chocolate bunnies we have today. - via The Conversation
Slow down and take responsibility
The Easter long-weekend operation begins just after midnight at 12.01am on Thursday, March 29 finishes at 11.59pm on Monday, April 2.
Double-demerits will be in force throughout the operation. Please, if you are on the roads this Easter long weekend make sure you and your family Survive the Drive.
Donate blood and lend a helping hand
The hunt is on for residents to donate blood this Easter.
The donations are needed to help boost blood supplies for cancer and trauma patients.
Platelets, a vital clotting agent in blood, are needed to treat patients undergoing chemotherapy and to combat life-threatening bleeding from road trauma and other emergency situations.
Blood donors is needed as donors are in short supply before, during and after the holiday.
The hunt for donations started on Monday, March 26, but residents can still donate by Thursday, March 29.
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