Easter Eggs – Their Origin

As so often with religious traditions, Easter eggs, and the Lenten abstaining from them, originates in very sensible (in this case rural) practicalities.

Easter in the Northern Hemisphere in which it originates is a Spring early harvest festival (effectively the Jewish Passover). The formula for Easter Sunday was set at the Council of Nicaea in 325. Passover falls on full moon (14 Nissan of the Jewish calendar) and so, in the early church, many Christians celebrated Christ's resurrection on that day – which could be any day of the week. At Nicaea there was agreement Easter Day needed to be always a Sunday. Easter Day would be celebrated on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon (this is a calculated lunar cycle – sometimes not exactly equivalent to the astronomical reality) that occurs on or after March 21 (the day of the ecclesiastical vernal equinox). It follows Easter Day can fall as early as March 22 or at the latest on April 25.

Lent is the preceding period of forty days in preparation for Easter. The earliest possible date for Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent) is February 4 and the latest possible date for the start of Lent is March 10. The word "Lent" itself comes from the English word to lengthen – the days are lengthening. In some languages ‚Äč‚ÄčLent means Spring (Dutch for instance calls Spring "Lente").

During Spring, farmers need to keep their eggs and not eat them in order to have enough hatch for chickens, ducks, etc. Here: do not eat eggs in Spring. Do not eat eggs in Lent.

In one of those fascinating liturgical ironies, this rule is made absolute – and its rational is forgotten. "No eggs in Lent" now becomes – all eggs must be eaten prior to Lent! And there we have the origin of Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras – French for fat Tuesday). On Shrove Tuesday all the eggs we have are ateen in pancakes: Pancake Tuesday.

Legend has it that in 1455 in Olney, 80 kilometers from London, a woman ran to the church service still carrying a pancake in a frying pan. She had been baking when she heard the church bell toll. A poem celebrates the event – still run in Olney and elsewhere today:

Run to the church with a frying pan,

Never you lose a minute!

Run to the church with a frying pan

and a yellow pancake in it.

First to carry her pancake there,

though heavy or light she beat it,

Must toss her cake to the Bellringer,

And the bellringer he must eat it.

Then be she a madam or be she a miss

All breathless after rushing,

The bellringer he will give her a kiss

And never mind her blushing!

Come Easter Sunday (with enough chickens and ducklings hatched!) And, once again we can begin eating eggs. Easter eggs!

Source by Bosco Peters

Once upon a time, if you wanted to build a sunroom onto your home, you would have to hire and pay a contractor to do it for you. But with the introduction of sunroom kits, that is no longer necessary. You can order a do it yourself sunroom kit from any number of sunroom manufacturing companies, who will then ship to you the elements that are necessary to put the room together. The idea behind sunroom kits is that you should be able to save money on getting your sunroom installed by putting it together yourself. Not only are you providing the labor, but you are also cutting out the 'middle man' in the process of building your sunroom. This allows you to save money on the materials as well. Plus, depending on the do it yourself sunroom kit that you choose, you can also save money on future energy and maintenance costs.

First, understand that the price of a do it yourself sunroom kit will vary depending on your home's particular situation. For example, if you are choosing to build a small, aluminum sunroom on top of an existing deck or cement slab, it will be much less expensive than building a block foundation sunroom with more windows and wood framing. If you have an existing deck or slab, then it makes sense to choose that location for the sunroom because it is already properly graded and prepared. In that case, you can measure the deck or slab and get the proper measurements for ordering your kit. But if you don't have a slab or deck already, then you will need to decide on the proper location for your sunroom. You will also need to grade and prepare the area before you can begin construction. This obviously changes the amount of work that you will be requiring of yourself when installing your do it yourself sunroom kit. Of course, you could always hire a contractor to put in the slab for a block foundation sunroom, and then build the rest of it yourself.

Choosing the Type of Do It Yourself Sunroom Kit

When you are ordering a sunroom kit, realize that it is usually designed for a sunroom that is not going to be connected to your HVAC system. If you want your sunroom to be heated or cooled by your existing system, then that is likely not a project you will want to take on with your do it yourself sunroom kit. Otherwise, you'll be relying on fans and portable heaters or coolers to keep your sunroom comfortable. Depending on the climate where you live, this may be just fine for you.

Getting a Quote for Your Sunroom

Companies that provide do it yourself sunroom kits have a number of standard sizes and types that they are ready to provide for you. These are the least expensive options because they are able to mass produce them and package them at a savings to them, which they will then pass on to you. However, that doesn't mean that you can't find the right kit for you and the design that you have in mind. If you find that the standard kits you can find don't fit the sunroom that you are looking to create, then you can certainly get a custom kit created, but you need to realize that it will cost more to do so. In order to get a quote for the sunroom kit you want to order, you will have to provide them with the measurements that you have selected for the design. This doesn't just include the dimensions of the sunroom itself; it also includes knowing how many windows you will have and where they will be placed. You will then also have to choose the materials that you want the sunroom to be built from, and the types of windows that you want. Will they all be stationary or will they be movable? What kind of glaze will they have on them? If this seems like it's an overwhelming number of decisions to be made, don't worry; you can get a great deal of help from the sunroom manufacturers themselves. Many of them have online design pages that will walk you through all of the choices you will need to make for your custom sunroom kit. The final kit, based on the design that you created, will be shipped to your home and will include customized installation plans as well.

Possible Problems With Do It Yourself Sunroom Kits

Probably the most common problem with a do it yourself sunroom kit is that the person who ordered it is simply not prepared for the type and amount of work that is involved. If you are not absolutely certain that you have the time and know-how to install the kit, you should think twice before attempting it. Also, remember that if you are doing the installation yourself, the work is not going to be covered by a guarantee of some kind. The materials will be, but the actual construction itself will not be. Plus, if you do make an error, any damages to your home may not be covered. In fact, it is a good idea to check with your homeowner's insurance policy before deciding to install your own sunroom so that you know whether or not you are covered for accidents that damage your home or cause injury to yourself or others. Otherwise your 'savings' could quickly become extremely costly if you have an accident.

Source by Andrew Caxton