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22 08, 2017

What is Mardi Gras? Christian holidays

By |2017-08-22T14:09:20-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Pieter Brueghel, Carnival on the left and Lent on the right In the later Roman Empire, around 300 AD, people began fasting for Lent, for the forty days before Easter. On the first day of Lent, people went to special church services and smeared ash on their foreheads to show they were mourning - grieving. Lent always begins on a Wednesday, so [...]

22 08, 2017

What is Lent? Christian holidays

By |2019-09-11T10:34:11-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

February, in the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1400s AD) Lent was originally a Germanic word for the season of Spring and an early English word for the month we call March. The word "Lent" may come from older words meaning "longer days". That's because the days get longer in the spring. In the ancient and medieval [...]

21 08, 2017

Where do Easter eggs come from? History of religion

By |2019-03-22T11:44:51-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion|0 Comments

Ostrich eggshell from Diepkloof Rock Shelter, South Africa (60,000 BC) When did people start dyeing eggs? Easter eggs go back long before Easter, and even long before the beginning of farming. As long ago as the Paleolithic, about 60,000 BC, people in Africa were scratching patterns and lines on ostrich eggs, though nobody knows what they had in [...]