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March 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Between the chocolate eggs, the pastel fashions and the flowers, American consumers are going to spend $16.8 billion on celebrating Easter Sunday on April 8. And that doesn't even include paying for increasingly expensive gasoline to get to church. The average person will shell out $145.28 for the holiday, up 11% from the $131.04 last year, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation conducted by BIGinsight. Much of the uptick has to do with the warm weather as well as generally improving consumer confidence , researchers said.
April 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 25-year-old man, sounding disjointed and rambling, appeared in an Ohio court on Monday on charges that shot his father to death outside a church on Easter, officials said. Wearing prison garb, Reshad Riddle, appeared Monday afternoon in Ashtabula Municipal Court where he was charged with shooting his father, Richard Riddle, 52, with a single shot from a handgun on Sunday afternoon after worshipers fled the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ. Riddle was ordered held on a $1 million bail, the court bailiff, Donald Rossetti, told the Los Angeles Times by telephone.
April 25, 1992 | From Religious News Service
Christians throughout the world will celebrate Easter this Sunday. This may surprise some who thought Easter was last Sunday. And, for Roman Catholics and Protestants, it was. But for more than 450 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, and perhaps 4 million in the United States, Easter Sunday is celebrated a week later this year.
April 1, 2000 | Times wire services
A panel representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and U.S. Eastern Orthodox churches has endorsed a call to have all Christians mark Easter on the same date. Christianity's Eastern and Western branches often celebrate on different dates. For instance, this year Western Easter is April 23 and Orthodox Easter is April 30. The group said consideration should be given to the Orthodox view that Easter should come after the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The day before Easter lacks some of the traditions that attend other holiday eves. There's none of the last-minute gift-buying that goes with Christmas Eve, for example, or the frantic efforts to have fun that mark New Year's Eve. But for Ventura County residents, Easter Eve has its own, more tranquil traditions, and thousands were observing them Saturday. For Patti and Jim Phoenix of Simi Valley, camping at McGrath State Beach in Oxnard is an Easter custom.
April 20, 1987 | STEPHEN BRAUN and TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writers
Jose Cervantes and his clan left nothing to chance for their Easter picnic this year. The family showed up just after 10 a.m. Sunday at their favorite site, Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, lugging sacks of charcoal, a barbecue grill, tubs of food and drink and two of Cervantes' fidgety grandchildren.
April 16, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The unprecedented sermon by a rabbi at this year's Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service was greeted with "enormous" favor and future services may have clergy of other non-Christian religions speak if Easter again coincides with another major religious holiday, the event's director said. "Mail was incredibly positive" over the appearance of Rabbi Leonard Beerman at the dawn rites on April 3, Norma Foster said.
April 3, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Christian pilgrims crowded Jerusalem's cavernous Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the walled Old City for Easter processions Saturday that competed with each other in noise and pageantry but sprang from the same faith. Jews celebrated the second day of the eight-day Passover holiday. Most stores and restaurants were closed, and many Israelis made family visits or took advantage of the good weather to go outdoors. In Vatican City, flickering lights from thousands of candles illuminated St.
March 22, 1991 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
What distinguishes this year's pint-size Easter bonnets from last year's? Strong colors and enough flowers to sink a small chapeau. At the Chocolate Giraffe in Glendale, where the posie-laden kiddie millinery looks very adult, owner Kathy Soulek says that's the way her customers like it. "Mothers want a true fashion hat. They don't want a dumb straw with one dumb flower. And this year, everyone wants a hat to match the colors in the dress."
April 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
Struggling with his own physical suffering, Pope John Paul II used his Easter message to issue a forceful plea for an end to a bloody spiral of violence that has created "horror and despair" in the Holy Land. After Israel launched a sweeping retaliation for a string of Palestinian suicide bombings, John Paul dedicated much of the address to the conflict. Assisted by two cardinals, the frail 81-year-old pope celebrated Mass on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica.
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