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Easter

Easter is the major Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In addition, Easter is a period of celebrating spring-related folk traditions, only loosely associated with the religious holiday. Easter is a moving holiday, the date changes from year to year. In the Western Christian tradition, Resurrection Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox. Easter Monday whips are braided willow twigs decorated with bright ribbons at the thinner end. They are used by men to whip women into health on Easter Monday. Either young twigs or freshly sprouting shoots of deciduous, typically willow, trees are used to make the whips. Carols are recited or sung during the whipping.