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Why Do We Say "Easter SUNDAY"?

Doesn't Easter always fall on a Sunday?

It's like saying Thanksgiving Thursday, yet, we don't say that, we just say Thanksgiving.

So, why do we say Easter SUNDAY?

Why not just say "Easter"? Wouldn't the "Sunday" be implied?

Just curious.

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

Tradition?

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

Probably because Easter is more than just one day, at least for many of us. It starts with Palm Sunday (to differentiate), then on to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the culmination of the resurrection, Easter Sunday.

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

Well, I have never said Thanksgiving Thursday, but have said Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday, just handed down over the years ........... what's the big deal?

I have also said the hot summer, and the cold winter ........... just tradition, I don't think there is any rhyme or reason!

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

Yes, I think it's to differentiate it from the Easter season (or rather, to specify which is meant).

You do hear people refer to "Christmas Day" to differentiate it from other parts of the season or the season itself. And in recent years (mostly in regards to TV scheduling {#emotions_dlg.laugh}) you hear about things being scheduled on "Thanksgiving Monday" or "Thanksgiving Saturday," which I think is just hilarious.

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

I don't know. I never did. It's always on Sunday, but I just call it Easter.

It's kind of like the 'tuna fish' (argh) thing. It's tuna and tuna is a fish, but it's just called TUNA. hehe

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

Perhaps because it's a Holy Week [Passion Week]?

Starting with Palm Sunday, then Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and finally Easter Sunday.

Source: Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week]

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

On 3/23/2015 SuiGeneris said:

Perhaps because it's a Holy Week [Passion Week]?

Starting with Palm Sunday, then Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and finally Easter Sunday.

Source: Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week]


That makes sense.

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On 3/23/2015 chickenbutt said:

I don't know. I never did. It's always on Sunday, but I just call it Easter.

It's kind of like the 'tuna fish' (argh) thing. It's tuna and tuna is a fish, but it's just called TUNA. hehe

That's us! It's Easter.

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Re: Why Do We Say ""Easter SUNDAY""?

On 3/23/2015 SuiGeneris said:

Perhaps because it's a Holy Week [Passion Week]?

Starting with Palm Sunday, then Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and finally Easter Sunday.

Source: Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week]


Sounds reasonable.

I never gave it any thought before.