As so commonly next to holy traditions, Easter eggs, and the Lenten abstaining from them, originates in thoroughly rational (in this luggage arcadian) practicalities.

Easter in the Northern Hemisphere in which it originates is a Spring earlyish bring in period (effectively the Jewish Passover). The steps for Easter Sunday was set at the Council of Nicaea in 325. Passover water on glutted moon (14 Nissan of the Jewish calendar) and so, in the advance church, umteen Christians renowned Christ's miracle on that day - which could be any day of the hebdomad. At Nicaea near was agreement Easter Day needful to be always a Sunday. Easter Day would be illustrious on the initial Sunday following the introductory religion comprehensive satellite (this is a premeditated satellite round - sometimes not precisely identical to the physical science realness) that occurs on or after March 21 (the day of the ecclesiastic vernal cosmic time). It follows Easter Day can stumble as azoic as March 22 or at the up-to-the-minute on April 25.

Lent is the before length of forty days in scheduling for Easter. The earlier likely mean solar day for Ash Wednesday (the enter upon of Lent) is February 4 and the current practicable date for the embark on of Lent is March 10. The speech "Lent" itself comes from the English language unit to stretch - the years are continuance. In some languages Lent scheme Spring (Dutch for case calls Spring "Lente").

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During Spring, farmers need to hold their foodstuff and not eat them in command to have ample parturition for chickens, ducks, etc. Hence: don't eat egg in Spring. Don't eat food product in Lent.

In one of those exciting religious rite ironies, this edict is ready-made dead - and its principle is forgotten. "No egg in Lent" now becomes - all foodstuff must be devoured prior to Lent! And here we have the source of Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras - French for fat Tuesday). On Shrove Tuesday all the foodstuff we have are eaten up in pancakes: Pancake Tuesday.

Legend has it that in 1455 in Olney, 80 kilometers from London, a woman ran to the religion employ motionless carrying a flannel-cake in a preparation pan. She had been baking when she heard the place of worship bell fee. A poem celebrates the occasion - frozen run in Olney and elsewhere today:

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Run to the place of worship beside a frying pan,

Never you put in the wrong place a minute!

Run to the minster next to a cooking pan

and a wan flapjack in it.

First to pass her flannel cake there,

though calorific or light she vanquish it,

Must throw her cake to the Bellringer,

And the bellringer he must eat it.

Then be she a ma'am or be she a miss

All breathless after rushing,

The bellringer he shall distribute her a kiss

And ne'er head her blushing!

Come Easter Sunday (with enough chickens and ducklings hatched!) and, erstwhile again we can open uptake food product. Easter eggs!

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