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How Did Easter Get Its Name?

It is believed that Easter actually gets its name from an Old English word, Ēastre, that was given to the month of April in honor of a pagan goddess,  Ēastermōnaþ.

This goddess is believed to have been the deity associated with spring and fertility and some Easter symbols that we would recognize today – eggs and rabbits, or hares – were used during this celebration.

In addition, feasts were held in her honor, but by the 8th century, these had given way to the Christian festival of Easter, which celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Most of the information on this theory of how Easter got its name comes from Bede, a monk in what is today England.

Jacob Grimm, one of the two brothers famous for their collection of old stories and myths, supported Bede’s claims on the origin of the name Easter although scholars dispute this theory.

However – and wherever – Easter got its name, it is celebrated by more than one in three people in the world.

 

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Art and Haiku By Children

I thought this was a really neat website, Children’s Haiku Garden.

It shares poems and artwork by children and it seems like the kind of thing that would be really helpful in motivating your child to be creative.

I especially like the fact that the poetry is written by one child and the artwork done by another. It’s a great way to foster teamwork without competition.

This poem, in particular, caught my eye. The haiku and the accompanying artwork are both by 9 year old children from Japan.

the shining sea

seagulls turn round and round

a big catch!


Verse: Kazuoki Yamada

Picture: Mika Shibazaki

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