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Happy Easter !

post #1 of 16
and to you as well Danone,

Agape all
post #2 of 16
Happy Easter everyone!

(in a few hrs I will leave to go to ski in Austria... )
post #3 of 16
The same to all. A good time for family, friends, and faith. I hope the NASTAR people do better scheduling for Nationals next year. I qualified for this year's event, but because it is being held this weekend, I had to pass.
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And may any who celebrate the existance Saraswati, the goddess of learning, have a wonderful and educational Vasant Panchami!
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Yeah Danone, Happy Easter!
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Happy Easter Everybody. May you and your families all be blessed.
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Thread Starter 

Happy Easter !

May you all who celebrate The Lord`s ressurection, have a bright and renewing Easter.

From Romania,

PS: and have yourselves an "easy " summer season [img]smile.gif[/img])
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Just thought I'd bring this back to the top for the day.

Happy Easter all.
post #9 of 16

Origins of the name "Easter":

The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similar "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [were] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos." 5 Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: "eastre." Similar Goddesses were known by other names in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the springtime. Some were.

Easter Traditions:

Hot Cross Buns: At the feast of Eostre, the Saxon fertility Goddess, an ox was sacrificed. The ox's horns became a symbol for the feast. They were carved into the ritual bread. Thus originated "hot cross buns". The word "buns" is derived from the Saxon word "boun" which means "sacred ox." Later, the symbol of a symmetrical cross was used to decorate the buns; the cross represented the moon, the heavenly body associated with the Goddess, and its four quarters.

Easter Rabbit and Eggs: The symbols of the Norse Goddess Ostara were the hare and the egg. Both represented fertility. From these, we have inherited the customs and symbols of the Easter egg and Easter rabbit. Dyed eggs also formed part of the rituals of the Babylonian mystery religions. Eggs were sacred to many ancient civilizations and formed an integral part of religious ceremonies in Egypt and the Orient. Dyed eggs were hung in Egyptian temples, and the egg was regarded as the emblem of regenerative life proceeding from the mouth of the great Egyptian god.

Easter Lilies: The so-called 'Easter lily' has long been revered by people of various lands as a holy symbol associated with the reproductive organs. It was considered a phallic symbol!

Easter Sunrise Service: This custom can be traced back to the ancient custom of welcoming the sun God at the vernal equinox - when daytime is about to exceed the length of the nighttime. It was a time to "celebrate the return of life and reproduction to animal and plant life as well."

Easter Candles: These are sometimes lit in churches on the eve of Easter Sunday. These can be directly linked to the ancient customs of lighting bonfires at this time of year to welcome the rebirth/resurrection of the sun God.
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I went to the dawn service in Spruce Saddle at the Beav this morning .... wonderful ... two flughorns playing "Amazing Grace". 150 people singing along as the sun came up over the Gore Range ... beautiful.

There is always hope where there is faith .... no matter the religion

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 31, 2002 12:26 PM: Message edited 1 time, by man from oz ]</font>
post #11 of 16
Off my skis today, bored . . . as this shows. :

I agree faith can be pretty to see, as far as there being hope wherever there is faith? Well, a harsh, but obvious, example: the suicide pilots of 9-11 had faith. And we can find endless more examples of faith leading horror. Certainly faith sometimes produces nice outcomes too, but we certainly cannot generalize that faith is always good!

faith (from dictionary)

1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.

2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.

4. The body of dogma of a religion: i.e. the Muslim faith.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 31, 2002 12:42 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Todd M. ]</font>
post #12 of 16
in good faith
post #13 of 16
Everyone has faith in something, its just a matter of in what or who in.

Tom- We can, in general, say that faith is a good thing. Yes, there are "fanatics" or "extremists" who take what they call faith, and most likely is, though obviously misled, to insane, and occasionally deadly measures. But the whole of society, and different religious circles, gain peace and hope from faith. So in general, the publicized few fanatics do not outway the peaceful numbers.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 31, 2002 01:02 PM: Message edited 1 time, by super-mat ]</font>
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I think thats true that we all have faith in something, I have faith in myself, and most of my family. But otherwise, in the greater scheme of things: there is what I know, what I don't know, and what I hope!

I agree that certainly the extreme fanatics that we all unfortunately hear about, are greatly outnumbered by those who are much more moderate in any faith-based activities.

But belief motivated actions, even if inspired out of honest desire to do good - often may do good for yourself and others you are concerned about, but at the expense of others for whom you are not concerned. Every action . . .

Anyways, I'm simply saying we cannot generalize. Some people who honestly believed they were doing something good, and fitting with the scheme of some 'higher power' - in the perspective of history end up having caused great suffering.

The "correct" faith is pure opinion and conjecture. Fortunately most people choose to put their stock in the less harmful of the systems of faith.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 31, 2002 01:32 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Todd M. ]</font>
post #15 of 16
And a happy Pesach to all who celebrate Passover, which began this past Wednesday.
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Thanks MarkXS, not to mention that the
Italian word for Easter, Pasqua,(which has the same meaning of "passover")
has been derived from the Hebrew word.

On this note, Todd, I think you already pointed out, thet Catholicsm did not wiped out the traditions of the people (at least here in Europe) which converted...
I am talking about Christmas being established just around the winter solstice (celebrated in winter by almost every people in the Roman Empire), Easter (and as its names in different languages indicate)
being superimposed to other festivities
around spring...and so on.
Some historian claims that this was done on purpouse (sorry cannot give you the source, I have read so many books in my father libray, as a young, that I still remember things but cannot find from which book I took it)...
I personally do not beleive this, meseems that, at the beginning , the missionary "movement" was a spontaneous thing, and the single Saint that converted the people (like Saint Patrick in Ireland, or Saint Cyrillus in Russia), was acting on his own initiative...
What happened once the Curch got organized, and fell in the hand of less "charitable"
people, is another story...and a sad one.
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