SPRING HOLIDAYS FULLERVISION STYLE
EASTER: Sunday, April 12, 2009

There are exactly days until April 12.

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday (4/5/09) marks the day that Jesus Christ came to Jerusalem. He was greeted with palms.
Maundy Thursday (sometimes referred to as "Holy Thursday," 4/9/09) indicates the day commemorating Christ's "Last Supper" with his disciples.
Good Friday (4/10/09) 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 (4/12/08) marks the day that Jesus Christ walked out of the sepulchre and was resurrected.
Dyngus Day (4/13/08) is a Polish holiday celebrated in heavily Polish-American communities such as Buffalo, where on the day after Easter, the Lenten fast is broken and people celebrate by playing polka music and swatting each other with pussy willows.

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.

ON TELEVISION:

ABC-- "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" - April 7, 8:00 p.m.
ABC-- "The Ten Commandments" - April 11, 7:00 p.m. in most East Coast markets
CBS-- Final round of The Masters, the first tournament in the Grand Slam of professional golf.
NBC-- Last game of NHL season: Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks, rematch of 2009 Winter Classic, 2:00 p.m.
ION: Movie: "In the Beginning," 7:00 p.m.
ABC Family: Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music."
EWTN: Papal Good Friday and Easter Mass.

OTHER HOLIDAYS:

St. Patrick's Day (March 17) - Celebrate being Irish. WSYR-TV carries an annual parade, they may stream it online-- I hope. Also note St. Joseph's Day, a smaller but similar celebration for Italians, takes place March 19.
April Fool's Day (April 1) - Beware pranks and hoaxes.

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