The Significance of Easter

Significance of Easter

The management team of Face Activities wishes our members and visitors, and their families, a very Happy Easter!

Easter is the most important holiday in Christianity. It’s celebrated by 2.2 billion Christians world-wide. Traditional Christians worship the divinity of Jesus, and Easter Sunday is the day, according to the Bible, when Jesus rose from the dead, revealing himself to be a divine figure. Easter, at its essence, actually defines Christianity.

Easter is the culmination of “holy week,” including many religious events. Most well known are Palm Sunday (a celebratory day) commemorating when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (a symbol representing a peaceful King) and Good Friday (a day of fasting and penance), commemorating his crucifixion and death at the hands of the Romans. The joyful holiday of Easter, commemorating his Resurrection, caps the holy week with an exuberant feast.

As with Christmas and other Christian holidays, many pagan elements have worked their way into modern Easter celebrations. This blending of traditions was encouraged by the early church, which sought to incorporate diverse religious and cultural groups into the religion by adopting and repurposing the ancient religious holidays and culturally specific imagery of these groups. For this reason rabbits and eggs, which were common pagan fertility symbols throughout Europe, have their place in the modern holiday.

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Malice in the Palace, a short film by Jules White, 1949

Malice in the Palace, a short film by Jules White, 1949

Malice in the Palace, 1949

A short film by Jules White

“Set in a desert land where the stooges run a restaurant, the boys set out to recover the stolen Rootin Tootin diamond after they learn from the thieves that the Emir of Shmo has absconded with the contraband jewel. They journey to the stronghold of Shmo where they disguise as Santa Clauses and scare the ruler into giving them the diamond.” (IMDB)

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City of the Dead/Horror Hotel, starring Christopher Lee, 1960

City of the Dead/Horror Hotel, starring Christopher Lee, 1960

City of the Dead/Horror Hotel, 1960

A film by John Llewellyn Moxey

A beautiful young student researching New England witchcraft checks into a hotel, recommended to her by her Professor (Christopher Lee) on a foggy night. What could go wrong? The film has some plot elements that lead critics to compare it with Hitchcock’s Psycho.

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Oh, Mr. Porter, a film by Marcel Varnel, 1937

Oh, Mr. Porter, 1937

A film by Marcel Varnel

“With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.” (IMDB) (Browse our Movie Archive)

Lonely Wives, film by Russell Mack, 1931

Lonely Wives, 1931

A film by Russell Mack

“A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails.” (IMDB.com) (Browse our Movie Archive)

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