Have you noticed that the date in which Easter falls varies from year to year.
This is because Easter falls on the first Sunday after the Full Moon that falls on or after the Spring equinox(or Autumn equinox for us in the southern hemisphere). The equinox generally falls on March 21stand therefore Easter is always celebrated between late March and late April.
I just love that the traditional time for reflection and celebration is determined by our moon and her natural phases.
It is widely believed that that Easter was named after Eostre, the great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring, eastre. Pagan festivals associated with birth, the renewal of life, fertility and sunrise date back long before Christianity. Pagan religions in the Mediterranean area are recorded as having a major seasonal day of religious celebration at or following the Spring Equinox.
Many of the present-day customs of Easter have their origins in these festivals. Thus eggs, which symbolise new life and fertility, have long been associated with the Easter festival.
The rabbit and the hare also have long been associated with fertility and have therefore been associated with spring and spring festivals. The rabbit as a symbol of Easter seems to have originated in Germany where it was recorded in writings as early as the 16th century. The first edible Easter bunnies, made from sugared pastry were made in Germany in the 19th century.
Over the years chocolate, chocolate eggs and bunnies have replaced the traditional painted eggs and sugared pastries and it is customary to give and share chocolate to celebrate Easter.
Of course our supermarkets are filled with cheap chocolate eggs and rabbits this time of year. But with a little research and foresight, quality chocolate can be sought. The thought of a little decadence shared with family and friends is far more appealing than stuffing oneself with sugary, poor quality chocolate. You’ll much more likely enjoy the experience and avoid the guilt trip and self loathing that we tend to put ourselves through when we overeat. Your waistline will also thank you for it when the whole season is over with.
The Loving Earth chefs make amazing organic chocolate bars using raw ingredients which are naturally high in magnesium. They contain no cane sugar or dairy and are suitable for vegans. These bars are essentially uncooked, unprocessed chocolate in its pure rich essential form sweetened with agave syrup or organic coconut sugar (both are low GI sweetners). They are a widely decadent healthy treat where the cacao beans are not roasted and this means that their wealth of phytonutrients are fully intact. My favourite is the orange and gubinge – they are a must try!
Cocolo are ethical chocolatiers who source organic,fair trade cocoa to ensure those growers from third world countries aren’t exploited. Did you know that the best cocoa in the world is produced in the poorest countries, where farmers are often underpaid for their product. By buying fair trade cocoa and evaporated can juice these communities can invest in their schools, their environment and their communities. And we get to indulge and enjoy the finest chocolate.
We hope you have a lovely Easter and get an opportunity to stop, relax, reflect and rejuvenate over the Easter break.
Mammoth Health Easter Shop Hours
Good Friday 6th April – Closed
Saturday 7th April – Open 9am-12:30pm only
Easter Monday 9th April Closed
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