EASTER Eggs - Easter Bunnies, EASTER BASKETS

Good Friday - Friday 3 April 2015

Easter Monday - Monday 6 April 2015

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History of Easter Gifts, Easter eggs & A HISTORY OF HOT CROSS BUNS



A closer look at the history of both Easter and Easter Eggs gifts reveals a much earlier association with pagan ritual and in particular, the pagan rites of spring, dating back into pre history. The actual formula is: The first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox, this is Easter Sunday or Easter Day. As well as adopting the festival of Eostre, the Egg, representing fertility and re-birth in pagan times, was also adopted as part of the Christian Easter festival and came to represent the 'resurrection' or re-birth of Christ after the crucifixion and (in some cases) a symbol of the 'rolling away' of the stone blocking the Sepulchre.


In England and Europe, the earliest Easter eggs were painted and decorated hen, duck or goose eggs often came in a basket, a practice still carried on in lots of countries today.


In France the French call it Paques, In Italy the Italians call it La Pasqua, In Germany the Germans call it Ostern, In Mexico the Mexicans call it Semana Santa and Pascua, In The Netherlands the Dutch call it Pasen or Pasen Zontag, In Sweden the Swedish call it Paskdagen and in Africa they call it Easter Vigil.


A HISTORY OF HOT CROSS BUNS



Hot Cross Buns were traditionally served during the Lenten Season, especially on Good Friday. Their origins, however, like the Easter holiday, are mixed with pagan traditions. To the ancient Aztecs and Incas, buns were considered the sacred food of the gods, while the Egyptians and Saxons offered them as sacrifices to their goddesses.


The cross represented the four quarters of the moon to certain ancient cultures, while others believed it was a sign that held supernatural power to prevent sickness. To the Romans, the cross represented the horns of a sacred ox.


The word "bun" is derived from the ancient word "boun," used to describe this revered animal. The Christian church adopted Hot Cross Buns during their early missionary efforts to pagan cultures. They re-interpreted the "cross" of icing which adorns the bun to signify the cross on which Jesus sacrificed His life.


Some historians date the origin of Hot Cross Buns back to the 12th century, when an Angelican monk was said to have placed the sign of the cross on the buns to honor Good Friday, known at that time as the "Day of the Cross." In 1361, a monk named Father Thomas Rocliffe, was recorded to have made small spiced cakes stamped with the sign of the cross, to be distributed to the poor visiting the monastery at St. Albans on Good Friday. According to the scholar Harrowed, the idea proved so popular that he made the buns every year, carefully keeping his bun recipe secret.


According to tradition, Hot Cross Buns were the only food allowed to be eaten by the faithful on Good Friday. Made from dough kneaded for consecrated bread used at Mass or Holy Communion, and thus representative of Christs body, Hot Cross Buns were also credited for miraculous healing and for protection.


If you live overseas or away somewhere in New Zealand why not send your love ones a gift at easter? We supply fantastic and affordable Easter Eggs, Easter Baskets, Easter Bunnies, Easter Ideas and Easter Flowers that can be delivered anywhere in New Zealand to those special people in your life.


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