is a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the son of God, Messiah sent to save men the third day after his passion.
is the holiest day of the Christian calendar, it marks the end of Lent.
is the first Sunday following the first moon of spring. Easter
Sunday and Easter
Monday are holidays recognized in most Christian countries except the United-States where Easter
is only celebrated on Easter
Monday is not celebrated, but Good Friday is a holiday. In Quebec
employees may choose Good Friday or Easter
Monday at their conveniance, Easter
Sunday is of course a holiday.
In France and especially in Qubec, it is an Easter
ritual to collect Easter
water. This collection must be done a few minutes before dawn. The custom has it that children collect Easter
water in containers specifically for this purpose. The Easter
water should last all year. This water can be deemed to relieve the eyes, preserving diarrhea, cure fevers and protect from lightning, thunder and wind.
The tradition of giving eggs dates back to antiquity. The Egyptians and the Romans offered painted eggs in the spring because they were symbols of life and rebirth. But in the IV century the church had forbidden eating eggs during Lent. As the hens continued to lay eggs, they were decorated and offered at Easter. Nowadays, fasting is not as strict, but the tradition of giving eggs, even chocolate
For children, Easter
has always been synonymous with chocolate
and for years, companies offer hundreds of models that have nothing to do with the traditional egg or chocolate
tradition that continues, the famous Palm Sunday, Easter
lilies are very fragrant and pure. People love
to receive an Easter
lily which perfumes the whole house with it's spellbinding fragrance. Hydrangeas are also very popular at Easter
because they underline the arrival spring.