EASTER FULLERVISION STYLE (Sunday, March 27, 2005)

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday (3/20/05) marks the day that Jesus Christ came to Jerusalem. He was greeted with palms.
Maundy Thursday (sometimes referred to as "Holy Thursday," 3/24/05) indicates the day commemorating Christ's "Last Supper" with his disciples.
Good Friday (3/25/05) marks the day of the "death" of Christ. The account is described in all four Biblical gospels. Christ was betrayed to the Romans by Judas, who received 30 silver coins in return, a gift he ended up returning on account of guilty conscience that would result in Judas's suicide. Christ was brought before the people of Jerusalem in a desperate attempt by Pontius Pilate to save Christ's life... however, the high priests convinced the mob to free Barabbas, a notorious rioter and killer... with that, the Roman guards beat and mocked Christ and paraded him through the streets with a crown of thorns on his head and a cross on his back. The Romans hanged Christ on that cross, and he was left to die. After his death, Christ's body was transported to a tomb.
Easter Sunday (3/27/05) marks the day that Jesus Christ walked out of the sepulchre and was resurrected.

THE LEGEND OF THE EASTER BUNNY

Unlike his Christmas counterpart-- Santa Claus-- little is known about the Easter Bunny. His historical origin is believed to be from the rabbit being a traditional symbol of spring. He is known to distribute colored eggs and candy (namely jelly beans, chocolate-- including the now [in?]famous Cadbury eggs-- and marshmallow Peeps) in baskets to children the night before Easter. Beyond that, there is no real consensus. He is generally believed to be a giant human-sized rabbit with white or a light pastel yellow or pink color fur. His home is completely unknown.

SO WHY DOES EASTER ALWAYS HAVE TO CHANGE THE #@$%! DATE EVERY YEAR?!

Easter, unlike other Christian holidays, is based on a lunar calendar. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring... meaning it lands between late March and late April. This year, Easter is abnormally early, and considering we're having a late winter by most meteorological estimates, we're getting hosed. Don't fret, however-- Easter 2006 lands on April 16, which should be well enough out of winter's path.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHY THE HECK THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS AREN'T GIVING EASTER BREAK OFF??

I can sense your frustration-- tell me about it... I'm at SUNY Oswego here and they set up spring break such that it ends exactly one week before Easter Sunday, meaning there's no chance for me (or many other people who live at anything beyond commuting distance) to get back home for the Easter holiday. It appears that in the high schools, BOCES has decided to split the traditional two-week Easter break into two generic breaks, neither one around Easter (Good Friday is off and THAT'S IT.) Which way is it-- BOCES accountable to the schools or the schools accountable to BOCES? It's supposed to be the first one but schools have forgotten that apparently because most of them are just following BOCES this year. It really ticks me off to no end.

ON TELEVISION:

ABC-- "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" airs Friday, 3/25 at 8:00 PM.
ABC-- "The Ten Commandments" (the 1956 cinematic depiction of the life of Moses featuring Charlton Heston) aired Saturday, 3/19 at 7:00 PM.
No Easter parade this year-- I'm disappointed.
CBS, ABC, ESPN-- Basketball, basketball and more basketball. CBS continues its coverage of the NCAA tournament, while ABC and ESPN air NBA games.
NBC, Fox-- No special programming, although there will be no arena football on Easter Sunday.

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