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Easter Glossary - Osterlexikon

Annotated English-German Glossary of Easter Terms

Easter Ostern Osterhase Osterei

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Also see: Osterkarten - Easter Cards and the Flowers Glossary


Ascension (of Christ)  die Himmelfahrt
  Ascension Day Christi Himmelfahrt (40 days after Easter)
  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mariä Himmelfahrt (15. August)

Ash Wednesday  der Aschermittwoch
  The day after Carnival/Mardi Gras ends and when Lent begins also marks the start of the Easter cycle. Aschermittwoch gets its name from the ashes of burnt palm fronds from the previous Palm Sunday - used to mark the foreheads of the faithful. - See: Fastnacht Glossary

bunny  der Hase (-n), das Häschen (-)
   Easter bunny  der Osterhase
   The Osterhase tradition dates back to a 1678 account by the German medical professor Georg Franck.

Carnival, Mardi Gras  der Fasching, die Fastnacht, der Karneval
   The date for Karneval or Fasching/Fastnacht depends on the date for Easter. - See: Fastnacht Glossary

chick, baby chicken  das Küken (-)

Christ  (der) Christi, Christus, Christ (obs.)
   The term Christ/Christus comes from the Greek "christos" for the Hebrew "messiah" or "anointed one" (der Gesalbte).

Christian (person)  der Christ, die Christin
Christian (adj.)  christlich
Christianity  das Christentum

Christ's grave, tomb  das Grab Christi

color, dye (eggs)  (Ostereier) färben
  colored/dyed eggs gefärbte Eier

colorful  bunt

cross  das Kreuz (-e)

crucifix  das Kruzifix
crucifixion  die Kreuzigung (-en)
crucify  kreuzigen

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Osterglocken - Daffodils
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daffodil  die Osterglocke (-n) - See photo

decorate, paint (eggs)  (Ostereier) bemalen, verzieren
  decorated eggs bemalte Eier, verzierte Eier

dye, color (eggs)  (Ostereier) färben
  colored/dyed eggs gefärbte Eier

Flowers Glossary
English-German dictionary of floral varieties and Blumen

Palmsonntag 9. April 2006
Ostern 16. April 2006
Pfingsten 4. Juni 2006
Palmsonntag 1. April 2007
Ostern 8. April 2007
Pfingsten 27. Mai 2007
Palmsonntag 16. März 2008
Ostern 23. März 2008
Pfingsten 11. Mai 2008

Easter  das Ostern, das Osterfest
   at Easter an/zu Ostern
   on Easter (Day) an Ostern
   Happy Easter! Frohe Ostern!
   Happy Easter! Ein frohes Osterfest!

Easter bunny  der Osterhase (-n)
Easter card  die Osterkarte (-n)
Easter egg  das Osterei (-er)
Easter egg hunt  das Ostereiersuchen
Easter holiday, vacation  die Osterferien (pl.)
Easter mass  die Ostermesse (-n)
Easter service  der Ostergottesdienst (-e)
Easter Sunday  der Ostersonntag
Easter week  die Osterwoche

egg  das Ei (-er)
egg hunt  das Eiersuchen
egg shell  die Eierschale (-n)

flower  die Blume (-n)
  Also see: Flowers Glossary

Good Friday  der Karfreitag
   The Friday before Easter commemorates the day of Christ's Crucifixion.

Holy Week, Passion Week  die Karwoche (-n)
   The week before Easter Sunday.

Osterkarten - Easter Cards
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Jesus  Jesus (pron. YEH-ZUS)
Jesus Christ  Jesus Christus
Jesus of Nazareth  Jesus von Nazareth

Lent, the Lenten season  die Fastenzeit
  Lent, the 40-day period of fasting (Fastenzeit), begins on Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch) and ends at Easter (Ostern).

lily  die Lilie (-n)

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Mary Magdalene  Maria Magdalene


paint, decorate (eggs)  (Ostereier) bemalen

palm, palm tree  die Palme (-n)
palm frond  der Palmwedel

Palm Sunday  der Palmsonntag
   The Sunday before Easter gets its name from Jesus' entry into Jerusalem (der Einzug Jesu in Jerusalem) when palm branches were strewn before him.

paschal festival  das Passahfest, das Osterfest
  The terms "paschal" and Passah- are derived from Hebrew "Pesach" and Greek "Pascha" - and are related to the Jewish Passover.

paschal lamb  das Osterlamm

Pentecost, Whitsun  das Pfingsten
 &nbspMore under "Whitsun"

pope  der Papst

Resurrection (of Christ)  die Auferstehung

Romans, the  die Römer (pl.)

Rome  (das) Rom

Shrove Tuesday  der Fastnachtsdienstag, der Faschingsdienstag
  See: Fastnacht Glossary

spring  der Frühling, das Frühjahr

St. Peter's Square  der Petersplatz

Whitsun, Pentecost  das Pfingsten
   The 50th day after Easter or Passover (der 50. Tag nach Ostern). The seventh Sunday (Whitsunday) after Easter commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles (die Herabkunft des Heiligen Geistes auf die Apostel).

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