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From the Park’s FB page:

Don’t miss out on the best Egg Hunt ever! There will be tons of great things for kids to do including a bunny petting zoo, a visit from the Easter Bunny, plus fun games, prizes and goodies!  It is all happening at the Community Park this Saturday at noon.

Easter at the Park

Addendum:  More info.
Easter

Just got back home. I’ll catch up eventually, but I thought I’d post a few random items to liven back up the discussion around here.

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It’s maybe too obvious a metaphor to pass up, but James Carville notes the spiritual timing of Governor Richardson’s endorsement of Obama. 30 pieces of silver or the Secretary of the Interior office?

Judas in his own words.

I still think the Richardson endorsement had something to do with this.

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Well, I don’t quite know what to make of this one. Is it satire or earnest? I’m not sure.

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Last week my mother said an odd thing: “Obama may be too eloquent to be president.” I laughed it off, but John Dean is seriously asking the question.

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Meanwhile Kevin Myers explains why people who oppose the war should support Sen. John McCain.

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Does Obama really have a race problem?

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We know why McCain can’t attack Obama with the religious card, but Barbara Ehrenreich says Clinton can’t really play that card either.

From Wikipedia:

Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection, Pascha, or Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed at some point between late March and late April each year (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity). It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which his followers believe occurred on the third day (counting inclusively) after his death by crucifixion some time in the period AD 27 to 33 (see Good Friday). This year it will fall on April 8, 2007.

Of course, around these parts you can’t discuss Easter without somebody noting the “pagan origins” of the holiday – particularly the bunny/egg traditions. It’s true to some degree, but it’s not quite what some self-described pagans make it out to be.

Decorated Easter eggs are much older than Easter, and both eggs and rabbits are age-old fertility symbols. The Passover Seder service uses a hard-cooked egg flavored with salt water as a symbol both of new life and the Temple service in Jerusalem. The Jewish tradition may have come from earlier Roman Spring feasts. The ancient Persians also painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration falling on the Spring Equinox. This tradition has continued every year on Nowrooz since ancient times.

Easter egg origin stories abound—one has an emperor claiming that the Resurrection was as likely as eggs turning red (see Mary Magdalene)[citation needed]; more prosaically the Easter egg tradition may have celebrated the end of the privations of Lent. In the West, eggs were forbidden during Lent as well as other traditional fast days. Likewise, in Eastern Christianity, both meat and dairy are prohibited during the fast, and eggs are seen as “dairy” (a foodstuff that could be taken from an animal without shedding its blood).

Another Orthodox tradition is the presenting of red colored eggs to friends while giving Easter greetings. This custom had its beginning with Mary Magdalene. After the Ascension of Christ, she supposedly went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with “Christ is risen”, as she gave him a red egg.[citation needed] She then began preaching Christianity to him. The egg is symbolic of the grave and life renewed by breaking out of it. The red symbolizes the blood of Christ redeeming the world, represented by the egg, and our regeneration through the bloodshed for us by Christ. The egg itself is a symbol of the Resurrection while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.

As I raised in an atheist family with some Catholic influence, I knew nothing of God until I was about 6 years old, and I think I first heard about Jesus Christ when my uncle died and a painting of Christ was depicted on the funeral leaflet. I had no idea what the meaning of Easter was other than chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks until I was several years older. At about age 10 I had an epiphany that the egg hunting ritual was related to the resurrection in that we were symbolically searching for Jesus having found the tomb empty. I was never quite sure where the bunny fit in.

In any case, the kids are asleep and the Easter Bunny has to hide the eggs soon. Was anybody told as a kid that if you didn’t wear something new for Easter that you’d be eaten by crows?

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