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Easter

The names for Easter in various languages

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Easter is the most important observation in the Christian liturgical year.

It is called by many names in different languages:

bulletBased on Pagan name: The English word, "Easter" and the German word "Ostern" are derived from the name of an ancient Pagan Goddess Eostre. Alternate, less common, names for the holy day in English-speaking contries are the "Sunday of the Resurrection," "Pascha," and "Resurrection Day."
 
bulletBased on "Pesach:"  In most of the remaining languages in countries with a Christian heritage, the name for Easter is derived from "Pesach" ("פסחא" in Hebrew) the name for Passover:  These include:
 
bulletAfrikaans: Paasfees
bulletAlbanian: Pashkët
bulletAmharic: (Fasika)
bulletArabic: عيد الفصح (Aīd ul-Figh)
bulletAzeri Pasxa: Fish (pronounced fis`h)
bulletBerber: tafaska (nowadays it is the name of the Muslim "Festival of sacrifice")
bulletCatalan: Pasqua
bulletDanish: Påke
bulletDutch: Pasen or paasfeest
bulletEsperanto: Pasko
bulletFaroese: Pákir (plural, no singular exists)
bulletFinnish: Pääsiänen
bulletFrench: Pâues
bulletGreek: Πάσχα (Pascha)
bulletHebrew: פסחא (Pascha)
bulletIcelandic: Pákar
bulletIndonesian: Paskah
bulletIrish: Cáisc
bulletItalian: Pasqua
bulletJapanese: Seidai Pasuha, "Holy and Great Pascha", used by Eastern Orthodox members
bulletLatin: Pascha or Festa Paschalia
bulletLower Rhine: German Paisken
bulletMalayalam: പെശഹ (Pæsacha/Pæsaha)
bulletNorthern Ndebele: Pasika
bulletNorwegian: Påske
bulletPersian: Pas`h
bulletPolish: Pascha
bulletPortuguese: Páscoa
bulletRomanian: Paşte
bulletRussian: Пасха (Paskha)
bulletScottish Gaelic: Casca
bulletSpanish: Pascua
bulletSwedish: Påsk
bulletTagalog: (Philippines) Pasko ng Muling Pagkabuhay (literally "the Pasch of the Resurrection")
bulletTurkish Paskalya
bulletWelsh: Pasg
 
bulletBased on "Great Day" or "Great Night:" This is used in most Slavic languages:
bulletBulgarian: Великден (Vělikděn')
bulletCzech: Velikonoce
bulletLatvian Lieldienas (Plural; no singular exists)
bulletLithuanian Velykos (Plural; no singular exists)
bulletPolish: Wielkanoc
bulletSlovak: Veľká Noc
bulletSlovenian: Velika no
bulletUkrainian: Вялікдзень (Vjalikdzěn') 
 
bulletBased on "Resurrection"
bulletBosnian: Uskrs or Vaskrs (literally "resurrection")
bulletChinese: Fùhuó Jié (literally "Resurrection Festival")
bulletCroatian: "Uskrs," meaning 'Resurrection'."
bulletKorean: Buhwalchol, literally "Resurrection Festival"
bulletLakota Woekicetuanpetu (literally "Resurrection Day")
bulletSerbian Ускрс (Uskrs) or Васкрс (Vaskrs, literally "resurrection")
bulletVietnamese Lễ Phục Sinh (literally, "Festival of Resurrection")
 
bulletBased on multiple names:
bulletArmenian: Զատիկ (Zatik or Zadik, literally "separation") or Սուրբ Հարություն (Sourb Haroutiwn, literally "holy resurrection")
bulletBelarusian: Вялікдзень or (Vialikdzen', literally "the Great Day")
bulletBulgarian: Великден (Velikden, literally "the Great Day") or Възкресение Христово (Vazkresenie Hristovo, literally "Resurrection of Christ")
bulletJapanese: Iisutaa, pronunciation of Easter in Japanese katakana or Fukkatsusai, literally "Resurrection Festival"
bulletMacedonian Велигден (Veligden, literally "the Great Day") or, rarely Воскрес (Voskres, literally "resurrection")
bulletUkrainian: Великдень (Velykden) or Паска (Paska)
 
bulletOther bases:
bulletEstonian: Lihavõtted (literally "meat taking")
bulletGeorgian: აღდგომა (Aĝdgoma, literally "rising")
bulletHungarian Húsvét: (literally "taking, or buying meat")
bulletMaltese L-Għid il-Kbir (means, "the Great Feast")
bulletOssetic куадзæh, means "end of fasting"
bulletPersian عيد پاك (literally "Chaste Feast")
bulletTongan (South-pacific) Pekia (literally "death (of a lord)")

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Reference used:

  1. "Easter," Wikipedia, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/

Transferred from Wikipedia under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
Original posting: 2007-APR-11
Latest update: 2009-AUG-13

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