This is a repost of earlier annual Easter/Palm Sunday and Passover posts with minor edits. Enjoy!
Hello World! Happy 2020th Palm Sunday and Easter, Sunday and "chag Pesach sameach" Happy Passover. May your days today and always be filled with love, happiness and blessings.
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
~~ Pope John Paul II sometimes called Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great, born Karol Józef Wojtyła (Polish: [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛf vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his death in 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in history and, as a Pole, the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who died in 1523.
Hello World! Happy 2020th Easter America. Happy Name Day and Palm Sunday Mom.
Palm Sunday has always been a very special day for our family.
My late mom was born on Palm Sunday (March 28, 1926), which is why my grandmother named her "Palma."
Happy Palm Sunday, happy name day and may you be dancing up in the clouds, celebrating how much you are loved and missed.
You haven't really left us, you have just moved to a peaceful place and you are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Wonderful keepsake photo of my late mom with her mother, Grandma Elvira.
They resembled each other so much.
They were so beautiful and similar in many ways - great cooking, baking, entertaining, etc.
Everyone was welcome in their homes.
Another great photo of my late mom with John Tesh #ITFYL #JohnTest . Mom was so fond of this photo. Her smile radiates everywhere regardless of her age. In this photo she was in her late 70s. Amazing!
Photo collage of my late mom (TOP L-R, with her youngest grandchildren, Mariel & Anthony; granddaughter Mariel's lovely "get-well card; mom upstate New York holding me as an infant). (BOTTOM L-R, me & mom celebrating another bon-voyage cruise; mom in either CA or OK at a wedding; mom with her mom, Grandma Elvira.
Mom as the most beautiful bride with her handsome groom, my wonderful Dad, during their wedding day, September 5, 1948.
Sharing mom's Eulogy here to remember her life, her amazing gifts, talents, smiles and her love. (see image to the right)
Also another way to celebrate her name day, Palm Sunday.
Our brother presented the Eulogy at the Funeral Mass on February 28, 2012.
I strongly believe our mom is at peace knowing her children are well.
Palm Sunday always brings me fond memories with family and friends.
On Palm Sunday 2015, I had quite a few chuckles. Much to my surprise, two wild turkeys strutted in my back yard and left quite an impression!
Gobbling, trotting and pecking around, I had to take a video with my iPhone. Glad I did as there is never a sure-shot they will show up again in my back yard.
Enjoy the Wild Turkeys videos. Below are Take 1 and Take 2 videos.
Second video Wild Turkeys Take 2
or visit these links for Wild Turkeys Take 1 and https://youtu.be/ev8dcSwQtE8
Easter (Old English Ēostre; Latin: Pascha; Greek Πάσχα Paskha, the latter two derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.
Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Easter is for everyone, for adults it brings back memories of childhood days filled with beautiful spring flowers and fabulous Sunday celebrations.
The precise date of Easter has at times been a matter for contention. By the later 2nd century, it was accepted that the celebration of the holiday was a practice of the disciples and an undisputed tradition.
Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb.
Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.
On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children. New York City holds an annual Easter parade on Easter Sunday.
The precise origin of the ancient custom of decorating eggs is not known, although evidently the blooming of many flowers in spring coincides with the use of the fertility symbol of eggs—and eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes.
The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a fantasy character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.
Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.
The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children. In many church services on Easter Sunday, a live rabbit representing the Easter Bunny, is brought into the congregation, especially for the children's message.
An Easter Bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter, in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.
The "Easter bonnet" was fixed in popular culture by Irving Berlin, whose frame of reference was the Easter parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral:
"In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade."
by Irving Berlin
At the depths of the Great Depression a new hat at Easter, or a refurbished old one, was a simple luxury.
Will you be celebrating Easter? Showing off your Easter bonnet or attending an Easter Day Parade?
♦ The 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competion by the Theatre Development Fund, takes place on April 20th and April 21st at Minskoff Theatre, more info at https://www.tdf.org/shows/9214/The-29th-Annual-Easter-Bonnet-Competition (last year The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition (2014) by Broadway Cares http://broadwaycares.org/easterbonnet2014)
♦ Easter Day Parade http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_parade
♦ Easter Sunday on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Sunday
♦ Easter 2015 from Calendar 365 http://www.calendar-365.com/holidays/easter.html
♦ Easter Egg Hunts http://www.easteregghuntsandevents.org/
♦ Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York City http://gonyc.about.com/cs/holidays/a/easter.htm
♦ Ann Miller' sings and taps to "Shakin' the Blues Away" from Easter Parade (1948) she was an amazing tap dancer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yS1e9zksJ8
♦ Easter Parade – Fred Astaire and Judy Garland on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKt54TFrxMc
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