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History of What We All Call Easter

31 Mar

The history of Easter is commonly associated with the Christian faith and the seemingly unrelated practices of the early pagan religions. Easter history and traditions practiced today evolved from pagan symbols, from the ancient goddess Ishtar to Easter eggs and the Easter bunny.

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Easter, celebrates the Christ’s resurrection from the dead following his death on Good Friday. A rebirth that is commemorated around the vernal equinox, historically a time of pagan celebration that coincides with the arrival of spring and symbolizes the arrival of light and the awakening of life around us.

The word “Easter”

Easter is named for a Saxon goddess who was known by the names like Oestre or Eastre, and in Germany by the name of Ostara. She is a goddess of the dawn and the spring, and her name derives from words for dawn, the shining light arising from the east. Our words for the “female hormone” estrogen derives from her name as well.

Ostara brought in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox, Ostara had a passion for new life. Her presence was felt in the flowering of plants and the birth of babies, both animal and human. The rabbit (well known for its propensity for rapid reproduction) was her sacred animal.

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Easter eggs & Easter bunny came from where?

Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are both featured in the spring festivals of Ostara, which were initially held during the feasts of the goddess Ishtar. Eggs are used as a symbol of fertility, and the newborn chicks as an adorable representation of new growth. Brightly colored eggs, chicks, and bunnies were all used at festival time to express appreciation for this gift of abundance.

The ancient belief that by eating something we take on its characteristics formed the basis for the earliest “blessings” before meals (a way to honor the life that had been sacrificed so that we as humans could enjoy life) and, presumably, for the more recent Christian sacrament of communion as well.

Shaping candy Easter eggs and bunnies to celebrate the spring festival was a way to celebrate the symbols of the goddess and the season, while laying claim to their strengths.

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No matter what religious beliefs you choose to align yourself with, WeShareMedia supports any holiday that suggests bringing your loved ones together. Social Media has allowed to stay in contact at great distances and facilitated many gatherings for this weekend. So head out with your loved ones, take lots of pictures, share them with those of us not nearby and create more memories 😉

 

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Social Media Tip of the Day – Properly Utilize “Secret Boards” on Pinterest

25 Feb

A couple of months ago Pinterest gave users the ability to create up to three Secret Boards. If you want to create a new secret board after your three slots are filled up, you’ll have to delete one. You only get to create three, although you can collaborate with others on a secret board and it won’t count towards your total.

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You can create a secret board in a couple of different ways. On the web, there is now a Secret Board box at the bottom of your profile. There’s also an option to make a board secret when you create a new one via the “Add+” tab. And finally, the Pinterest mobile app for iOS and Android, there is a “create secret board” button inside the boards tab in your profile.

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That’s the easy part. The hard part is finding the perfect uses for these secret boards. Luckily, you have access to an entire team of creative, social media experts! Or so we like to think 😉

Here’s a few suggestions to try out:

Party planning

Let’s say it’s a loved ones birthday and the person in question is a Pinterest user. You can invite family members and loved ones to pin onto the board with gift ideas, and party planning ideas. The secret board makes sense for any kind of event, really, from weddings to shower themes – even date night.

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Job related info.

Why bookmark when you can pin? What if you have a visual job and need a place to store all those great ideas? A Pinterest board makes so much more sense than a long list of bookmarked websites. #JustSayin

Travel guide

Some people don’t mind sharing the places they want to go and/or have been. But sometimes we want to keep the destinations a secret. Maybe you are planning a honeymoon. A private place filled with palm trees and blue ocean definitely doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

Gift buying

Having a board for every person on your holiday list could be useful, but if you have a larger family it’s still a could place to hide pins that they’ve expressed an interest in. And if Santa uses Pinterest, this could change everything we know about making the list and checking it twice.

Only the best for our dear readers and clients. The WeShareMedia team continues to keep you in the know and grow your business’ internet presence, bigger & bigger, day after day.

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Social Networking For Kids These Days

14 Jan

Facebook has become such a huge part of mainstream culture, it’s no surprise that younger ages want to connect with their friends online via social networks. Although it remains against Facebook’s terms of service and frankly  the law for kids under the age of 13 to be using the site, how can younger ages safely interact in an online space like their older siblings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc.

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The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents websites from collecting personal information about children who are under the age of 13 without their parents’ permission. Unless Facebook creates special family accounts or a special Facebook for preteens, there is a need and a market.

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The immediate concerns about internet predator protection and what information goes out between interactions is adressed on all of the kid friendly social media sites we were able to find. A growing number of highly protected, kid-only sites offer viable alternatives to the unfiltered Internet world out there that allow children to exercise their social media muscles. Granted, it’s still just as important to educate kids about Internet safety and appropriate online behavior as it is to create technological barriers between them and unsafe situations.

Many children bypass this law, even on sites that enforce it, by simply adjusting their birthday. In a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 75% of seventh through 12th graders surveyed said they had a profile on a social media site.

Heres a few that stood out to us.

YourSphere is a kids-only social network whose goal centers on supporting positive interests and aspirations of those who use it. The free site serves as a place where members can join interest-based spheres to connect with those who have interests similar to theirs. Good citizenship is rewarded and bullying is not tolerated.

Dgamer.com access is free with purchase of certain Disney video games. Kids have avatars, can chat and send virtual gifts, but the priority is gaming via Nintendo DS. The basic chat function allows only prewritten phrases. Parental approval is required for more advanced chatting.

What’s What is fun, safe and secure. A webcam is required to log in with biometric facial recognition for added account security. Once logged in, kids can customize their MePage, watch videos, play games, take polls and earn MePoints.

Ohanarama takes children’s love of electronic games and uses it to build connections between children and their family through educationally rewarding games for grades 1-5 while also featuring social networking.

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There’s a plethora of other kid friendly social networking sites to choose from and also those that would appeal to the family as a whole. WeShareMedia enjoys seeing the new generation of internet savvy kids. It is because of them, that marketing as a whole will be shifted even further towards social media. It’s no secret that online communication is rapidly becoming an essential life skill. Social Media experts in the making and we welcome them with open arms.

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