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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

ObservationEdit

  • Ash Wednesday: The first day of Lent, it was meant to commemorate the forty days Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by Satan. Ashes were spread on churchgoers.
  • Lent: The forty days prior to Easter were spent in hard fasting and abstinence. Eggs and meat were allowed during this time. Eggs laid then were hard boiled and eaten on Easter.
  • Palm Sunday: The day Jesus entered Jerusalem. It is customary to have a blessing of palm or some other leaves, often outside the church.
  • Holy Wednesday: The day Jesus went to the house of Simon the Leper and was anointed by a woman. This made several of the disciples indignant and Judas Iscariot made a deal with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus.
  • Maundy Thursday: The day Jesus was betrayed by Judas.
  • Good Friday: The day Jesus was put on the cross. No nails or iron instruments were allowed on this day.
  • Easter Sunday: The day Jesus rose from the grave. Churchgoers would watch the first rays of sunlight and then have the priest lead them into church as they sang hymns. If a person could afford it they would wear new clothes, often their only new clothes all year.
  • Hock Monday: The unmarried women would capture unmarried men and ransom them with a donation to the church.
  • Hock Tuesday: The unmarried men would capture unmarried women and ransom them with a donation to the church.

After service, there would be an egg hunt. No one was allowed to work on Easter. Often a servant would give the lord a small gift or a newborn animal in exchange for a feast.

ComputationEdit

The Celts of the British Isles set the spring equinox at March 25th. The holiday was calculated as the fourteenth to the twentieth Sunday of the following lunar month. Easter was calculated at 84-year cycles and recorded ahead of time on Easter Tables.

Other UsesEdit

These Easter Tables normally had extra space, which was often used to record significant events in a given year. These tables became the basis for the historical records of early Britain.

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