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position of the sun during this time of the year gives rise to approximately equal number of day and night hours.
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divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, and whose meaning could easily be adapted to the resurrection day of Discount Birkenstock Sandals
the Christian God." (The adaptation, of course, was formally introduced to Christianity through the First Council of Nicaea, convened by order of the Roman Emperor Cheap Birkenstock Sandals
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But, this topic deserves a discussion of its own.)
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to several scholars and historians. Second of all, it wasn't a rabbit but a hare; the two may look alike, but Franckenau was talking about a hare.
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Some researchers believe that the association between Easter and hares may have been made via the egg link. There is a body of evidence showing the possible realistic confusion (which is easy to make in this case) between a hare's nest and a plover's nest. Both animals build their nests on the open ground, usually in shallow depressions or a nest built from flattened grass.
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