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Sydney's Royal Easter Show

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It commemorates when Christ was resurrected from the cross on Calvary. Eostre is the Anglos Saxon God of Spring. The Council of Nicaea in AD325 called that Easter would be observed on the Sunday following the full moon after the vernal Equinox, which can be held from 21 March and 25 April.


 A once in a lifetime experience! 
 
Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. 
 
Here's the interesting info. Last year was the earliest Easter any of  us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts: 
 
1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818

So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier Easter than 2008 last year!  

Lent

Lent is the period of time forty days before Easter is is determined by the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This changes from year to year, so the dates vary accordingly from February to March.  The word Lent is derived by the mere fact that in the Northern hemisphere these days during this period are lengthening. (Lentene) is from the old English Language.
These forty day represent when Jesus fasted in the wilderness before he went forth to proclaim God's ministry. This brings a sombre tone to this period. In very early times that people fasted eating no fat, butter eggs, milk and meat.  Sex was not allowed during this solemn period and also they were expected eliminate any foods that they loved as a mark of respect and penance. I guess this where the superstition arrived "that it was considered bad luck to be married during Lent).

Shove Tuesday

 
Shove Tuesday is held on the last day before the season of Lent commences. It connects to 'Confession and Absolution' from and archaic English word' being driven... Shrove.. the faithful always confessed to any sins and then doing penance because of their wrong doings. Being sorrowful for wrong doings is only one part of this day. It had its happy side too, thus Pancake Tuesday.

Pancake Tuesday.

 
When the people realised  that this period of denial was approaching they undertook to really let their hair day and enjoy themselves. Games was very extremely popular and Pancake races were played. As eggs were removed from their diet they used this day to use the eggs in the pancakes and the races were part of the days fun. This was said to have been the legend that a house wife as cooking pancakes and was late for church and she ran out of the home with the frying pan in her hand and raced on to church   tossing the pancakes and she ran. 
The first of these races was to have be raced in Buckinghamshire in around 1450, over 440 yards. Women 18 years and over were able to participate in the race and generally were housewives. They were scarves to adorn their hair and of course and apron to paint the picture and they must have lived in the area for at the very least 6 months. They were required to toss the pancakes three times  whilst running with the hot sizzling fry pan. Her prize and reward was to receive all the pancakes cooked by all contestants, a bible given by the vicar and big kiss from the local bellringer.