Easter in the Traunsee-Almtal region
What is Easter and why is it celebrating?
Many ask themselves the question: What are we actually celebrating at Easter? Here is the background of this church feast: Easter in Christianity is the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who, as the Son of God, overcame death according to the New Testament. The Easter festival started in the western churches since 1091 with Ash Wednesday, followed by a 40-day Lent. Lent, also called Easterly Penance, ends on the 40th day on Holy Saturday. This last week before Easter Sunday, Holy Week, begins with Palm Sunday, when Christians celebrate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. In Holy Week it is common in some churches to do a spring cleaning so that the church shines in a new light to the highest feast of the Christians. On Maundy Thursday, Christianity celebrates the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. The following Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross, Holy Saturday is Grave's rest, and on the third day, Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated by the dead. (Wikipedia)
Customs around Easter
Easter Bunny & Easter Eggs
The egg, as well as the hare have been considered for thousands of years as a symbol of new life and fertility, this is to be compared with the spring and the harvest, as here again a new life is hauled.
Of course, the declaration consists of an assumption and can not be confirmed.
Egg coloring and Easter bonfires
The tradition of egg coloring goes back to the Middle Ages. A theory of dyeing eggs is based on the fact that no eggs were allowed to be eaten during Lent. To keep them, the eggs were cooked hard. In order to be able to differentiate these later from the raw eggs, they were colored with vegetable-color. Another custom is the Easter bonfires - spring fires, they served for the final expulsion of the winter, to greet the spring and the sun.
At the same time, the fire was hoping for good harvests. In Christianity, it should remember the resurrection of Christ. The Easter bonfires are lit in the evening and night hours on Holy Saturday.