Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter to everyone visiting my blog!

I found this lovely vintage picture on this site Vintage Images of Easter. There are many beautiful pictures available here, some of them free, including this one. The site also has interesting facts about Easter, and I have taken the liberty of reprinting some of them here, but you can see the originals by clicking the above link. My own feelings about Easter have changed in recent years. Although I was brought up in a C of E household, and still believe what I was taught to a large extent, I feel that Easter now has reverted to the original pre-Christian era pagan festival. Nowhere in retail outlets is there any sign of the religious 'reason for the season' - it is all chocolate eggs, bunnies, and other animals. It would be nice if the chocolate manufacturers made images in the form of a cross or other religious icon instead of eggs etc., don't you think?

Easter is the Sunday that celebrates the resurrection of Christ, and is one of the most holy days in the calendar of Christian churches. The Easter message is one of hope and victory over death, for it recalls that Christ rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter symbolizes the love of God and the promise that man's soul is immortal.

In many languages, the name for Easter comes from the Hebrew word "pesah", or passover; in fact, Easter was first associated with the Hebrew festival of the Passover, which falls in the spring. Easter was celebrated at different times by the early Christian churches until 325 A.D., when the Council of Nicaea fixed the day as the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21. This always places Easter sometime between March 22 and April 25. It is believed that the council probably set the date of Easter to fall near the time of a full moon so that pilgrims journeying to worship a shrine might have moonlight to help them find their way.

Many of the current Easter customs probably had their beginnings in the pagan celebrations of the rebirth of the earth in the spring. The English word for Easter is from the name of a Teutonic goddess of spring or the dawn. The Easter egg is a symbol of new life. People dress in new clothes and wear flowers on Easter Sunday because the winter has come to an end, and the earth seems alive again


Blogger Sharon said...

I think G most retailers take the 'safe path' as it seems as soon as you display some religious icon it offends someone..Also no one (retailer) wants to be singled out as anti anything...

Similairly a few weeks ago when we had the first anniversary for the Victorian bushfires we at the shop didn't quite know what to do - as you know there have been numerous books published in the last year re bushfires... If we displayed them was it in bad taste, cashing in so to speak on others misfortune, - if we didn't display them was it seen to be as though we were disrespecting a part of our recent history and not acknowledging others misfortune...
Whatever way you go you offend someone sensibilities...

Sunday, 04 April, 2010  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Good point Sharon - I hadn't thought about the aspect of offending anyone. What is the world coming to? We are supposed to be a free country - freedom of religion is included surely! The Christians aren't the ones who take offence..

Sunday, 04 April, 2010  

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