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Why is Easter Celebrated?

Why is Easter Celebrated?
Even though it is a Christian feast, there are now many other reasons why people celebrate Easter. As with Christmas, it has become something of a secular holiday in America. Even in other countries, other aspects have been added to the festival. The Resurrection of Jesus For a lot of Christians, the reason remains the same. It is the day in which Jesus rose from the dead. After being crucified and dying, Jesus rose from the dead promising eternal life to those who believe in him. Among many Christian denominations, the day is commemorated with prayers and hymns. Some Protestant groups start their observation on the night of Holy / Black Saturday. They light candles and at daybreak. For these Christians, the reason why people celebrate Easter (or should) is to remember the risen Christ. Egg...

Why Do We Celebrate Bonfire Night?

Why Do We Celebrate Bonfire Night?
The history of Bonfire Night is commemorated every 5th of November. It is marked by colorful explosions and of course, several bonfires. It is a celebration of the foiled attempt by Guy Fawkes to destroy Parliament. Background Information When King James ascended to the throne, English Catholics hoped that the religious policy would change. Under Queen Elizabeth I, the Catholics were forbidden to practice their religious belief. However, King James I didn’t repeal any of these laws. If anything, things just got worse. Not only were they still forbidden to practice their belief, but penalties were imposed on people who didn’t attend Protestant sermons. What made it worse was that King James was the son of Mary, Queen of the Scots and a devout Catholic. Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot The...

Why Do We Celebrate April Fools Day?

Why Do We Celebrate April Fools Day?
There are many different theories about the origin and history of April Fools Day. However, most of them are just theories. There is no real evidence to point to any single individual or event. The 16th Century French Calendar One theory is that it originated in France. In 1564, the government decided to move the New Year from March 31 to January 1. Whether it was by decree or just something the people thought of, jokes and pranks were concocted on those who refused to adjust or forgot the new date. The most popular prank was to place paper fish on the rear of these folks. They were known as Poisson d’Avril (April Fish). The history of April Fools Day thus began in France, according to this theory. Spring Festivals Some researchers feel that its origins can be traced to the spring festivals...

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is one of the most important holidays in the U.S. Observed annually every last Monday of May, people usually take some time off from their work and other activities to reflect on the significance of this all-important celebration. To know the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day, it is quite interesting to look at the various significant events in history that made this day very special. The Significance of Memorial Day Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? The primary reason why people celebrate this special event is to commemorate the lives of U.S. soldiers and other military personnel who sacrificed their lives and died in honor of their country. Before, people celebrated this event in honor of the casualties of the American Civil War, particularly Union soldiers. Today, the entire...

Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?

Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?
The origin of Halloween is still a matter of debate. But the belief of most is that it had something to do with the Celtic festivals in ancient Europe. The Celtic Druid Samhain Festival The Celts had two important deities, the sun god and the god of the dead. The latter’s day was celebrated on November 1. This was also the first day of the New Year. The festival was called Samhain. Even when the Roman Empire ruled, the festival was maintained. As was usually the case in the Empire, the Celtic elements were mixed with those of Roman myths. This included the worship of Pomona, goddess of fruits. It’s been pointed out that the origin of Halloween customs like bobbing for apples came from this Celtic / Roman fusion. The Festival in Christian Europe The custom in early Christian Europe was...