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How Easter and Passover are going digital during the coronavirus outbreak

How Easter and Passover are going digital during the coronavirus outbreak

While many are modifying their family rituals for the springtime holidays Easter and Passover as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it’s even more imperative this year that big religious institutions overhaul tradition.

From communal Jewish Passover seders (that’s the ceremonial meal to kick off the eight-day holiday) to Good Friday mass to Easter Sunday activities, coronavirus fears and social distancing requirements mean any large celebration better happen online

Churches, synagogues, and religious groups are getting creative. Especially since the pressure to maintain social distance is on, most notably after coronavirus infections were traced back to religious gatherings in South Korea and in Sacramento County in CaliforniaRead more…

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Microsoft HoloLens delivers first ever augmented reality Easter Egg hunt

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Easter Sunday is just hours away, and since it’s 2017, and we’re apparently living in the future, Microsoft has unveiled the first ever augmented reality Easter Egg hunt. 

The game was unveiled this weekend in Los Angeles at the VRLA conference where Microsoft and a team of AR developers allowed me to enter a surrealist forest construct where holographic eggs could be found using the HoloLens headset. 

While the rest of the world can only see the physical environment of the forest room space, using the HoloLens I was immediately presented with a living landscape, filled with the sounds of birds, animated flowers and rabbits furtively scurrying around the space. And when I discovered my first Easter Egg, the egg responded to my gaze by exploding open into a Disney-like flourish of color and sound.  Read more…

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Have you ever made hot cross buns?

They’re an Easter tradition, a soft, slightly sweet, spiced yeast roll speckled with currants and often candied citron.

They’re marked with a cross on top (hence the name), signifying a crucifix, and are typically served on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday.

Hot cross buns are a rather old English tradition, dating back to the Saxons who marked buns with a cross in honor of the goddess Eostre, the goddess of light, whose day of celebration eventually became Easter.

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