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10 beautiful quotes to share with loved ones on Easter, Good Friday

Looking for some inspirational words to commemorate Good Friday or Easter Sunday? You’ve come to the right place.

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite quotes or sayings, including a mix of both religious expressions and enlightening words about the spring season.

>> Related: Why is it called Good Friday and what’s so good about it? 

1. “Our lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.” — Martin Luther

2. “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” — 1 John 3:18

3. “I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun - not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.” — C.S. Lewis

Related: Easter 2017: When is it; what is it; why isn't it the same date every year?

4. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” — Romans 8:18

5. “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine.” — Dwight L. Moody

>>Related: Easter 2017: Which restaurants are offering Easter brunch deals? 

6. “Easter is a time when God turned the inevitability of death into the invincibility of life.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough

7. “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” — Proverb

8. “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet

9. “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” — Unknown

10. “A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” — Mahatma Gandhi

>> Related: Easter 2017: How to make the perfect hard boiled eggs for Easter egg dying

Why is it called Good Friday and what’s so good about it?

Christians believe Jesus was mocked publicly and crucified on a solemn Friday two thousand years ago. Today, the calamitous day is celebrated as Good Friday.

But what’s so good about that?

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One answer is that at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, “good” may have referred to “holy” in Old English, a linguistic theory supported by many language experts.

According to Slate, the Oxford English Dictionary notes the Wednesday before Easter was once called “Good Wednesday.” Today, it’s more commonly known as Holy Wednesday.

And Anatoly Liberman, a University of Minnesota professor who studies the origins of English words, told Slate if we consider the alternative names for Good Friday, such as “Sacred Friday” (romance languages) or “Passion Friday” (Russian), this theory makes a lot of sense.

Another possible reason for its moniker — a theory supported by both linguists and historical evidence — refers to the holiday’s ties to Easter Sunday, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

Because Jesus couldn’t have been resurrected without dying, the day of his death is, in a sense, “good.”

“That terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations,” the Huffington Post reported.

A third answer, some believe, is that the “good” in Good Friday was derived from "God” or “God’s Friday” — the way the term “goodbye” comes from a contraction of the phrase “God Be With You.”

Still, not everyone refers to this day as Good Friday. For example, 

The Catholic Encyclopedia mentions that, in the Greek Church, the holiday is known as "the Holy and Great Friday." In German, it's referred to as "Sorrowful Friday."

And as aforementioned, “Sacred Friday” and “Passion Friday” are also used.

In addition, because the holiday is also commemorated with a long fast, Good Friday was also referred to as “Long Friday” by the Anglo-Saxons.

Read more at Slate.com

Easter 2017: Want to take cascarones across the border? Know the rules

Crack. Smash. Rub. If it’s spring, it’s time for cascarones. Restrictions set for travelers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, however, might slow your egg roll if you’re not in the know.

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Those trying to bring the confetti-filled eggshells across the U.S. border must limit their ovoid haul to 12 per passenger, according to the federal agency. Additionally, “the shells may be decorated, etched, or painted but they must be clean, dry, and free of any egg residue. They may contain confetti or other unregulated items.”

Why the hard line on cascarones? According to the customs agency, the restrictions are meant to stem the spread of Newcastle disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza, both viruses affecting birds. 

If you find yourself with too many yolk vessels on hand and imminent travel plans, remember: There are lots of ways to cook an egg.

Equal Pay Day: Businesses offer discounts to raise awareness about gender wage gap

Companies and lawmakers across the country are standing behind women on Equal Pay Day with Lean In's #20PercentCounts campaign.

On average, women make about 20 percent less than men.

Tuesday’s date marks the extra four months and four days women have to work to match the salaries their male counterparts made last year.

Companies including Lyft and Procter & Gamble are offering 20 percent discounts on their products to mark the day.

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Congress is also planning to reintroduce a bill that would strengthen protections for women in the workplace.

Hundreds of businesses in 25 cities are taking part in the campaign.

>> Click here to find out which businesses are offering discounts in your area

For more information about Equal Pay Day, click here.

Russia trolls U.S. with April Fools' joke about 'election interference'

From Russia with troll.

The world awoke Saturday in a joking mood, but no one was as ready to unleash a joke months in the making as Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry posted a video on Facebook of the supposed new automated message for its phone system that has since been confirmed as a joke.

>> See the post here

While a voice spouts instructions on how to “use the services of Russian hackers,” you are invited to look at the silhouette of an apparent expert in “election interference.”

“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording says. “Press 2 to use the services of Russian hackers” and “Press 3 to request election interference.”

>> Check out the best April Fools' Day 2017 pranks

The joke came a couple of days after Russian President Vladimir Putin vehemently denied Russia’s involvement in the contentious 2016 election.

“Read my lips – no,” Putin said Thursday, denying Russian involvement in influencing the outcome of the U.S. election. “Do we want to completely destroy our diplomatic relations to bring the situation to how it was in the 1960s with the Cuban missile crisis?”

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According to The Guardian, a source close to the Kremlin described the Russia conversation in the U.S. as a “temporary psychosis.” The source said, “They’ll calm down.”

Who knows if Putin was directly behind the joke, but you just know that somewhere he’s reliving this moment all the same.

Check out the best April Fools' Day 2017 pranks

The beginning of April brings a slew of pranks to mark April Fools' Day. Here is a collection of some of the best pranks for 2017.

If you need ideas for your own April Fools’ Day mischief, check out the resources below.

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New picture book will show black Santa with white husband

Most depictions of Santa Claus show a hefty white man with a white beard in a red suit with a hat to match. 

But one man is advocating for black Santa in a unique way. 

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Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” first tweeted his idea about black Santa in December, when he said he had decided he would only tell his future children about black Santa.

“If they see a white one, we’ll say, ‘That’s his husband,’” Kibblesmith wrote. 

Nearly four months later, Kibblesmith posted an update with developments of a book idea. 

The book, titled “Santa’s Husband,” is described as a “parody children’s book ... which tells the true story of black Santa and his white husband ... and their life in the North Pole,” according to a release. 

The book chronicles the men and explains that white Santa is often the face of the couple, as he’s seen out more frequently, while his husband fulfills other duties.

Cover art shows the interracial couple looking lovingly into each others’ eyes.  

Harper Design will publish the book in October. 

Kibblesmith has also authored “How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can’t or Shouldn’t Try to Win At.”

Photos: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Wear the green and see how the world has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.

This fact about St. Patrick may shock you

St. Patrick, celebrated today with oceans of green beer and a mountain of lively shamrock attire, was Ireland’s patron saint. He used the three-leafed shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and is said to have driven the snakes from the land.

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The business about snakes is folklore; snakes were never there to begin with. But there’s another fact about St. Patrick that may take you by surprise.

He wasn’t actually Irish. Not originally, anyway.

According to a confession he is said to have written, he was born in the English county of Northamptonshire and brought to Ireland in bondage.

“I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many,” begins the confession, translated from the original Latin and available here via the Royal Irish Academy. “I was taken into captivity in Ireland, along with thousands of others. We deserved this, because we had gone away from God, and did not keep his commandments.”

His faith blossomed during his time in captivity.

“After I arrived in Ireland, I tended sheep every day, and I prayed frequently during the day,” he wrote. “More and more the love of God increased and my sense of awe before God. Faith grew, and my spirit was moved, so that in one day I would pray up to one hundred times, and at night perhaps the same. I even remained in the woods and on the mountain, and I would rise to pray before dawn in snow and ice and rain. I never felt the worse for it, and I never felt lazy – as I realize now, the spirit was burning in me at that time.”

He did make it back to England, but he returned to the Emerald Isle of his own volition. He is said to have introduced Christianity to Ireland, starting about A.D. 450.

What is a shamrock and what does it have to do with St. Patrick's Day?

The shamrock is the most iconic symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, but what do you really know about the three-leafed plant you’ll probably see adorned on all things green this Friday?

>> St. Patrick's Day 2017: How did it get started; why corned beef and cabbage; who is Patrick?

What is the shamrock?

Merriam-Webster defines a shamrock as “a small plant with three leaves on each stem that is the national symbol of Ireland”—not to be confused with the lucky four-leaf clover.

The yellow-flowered Old World clover, according to the dictionary, is often regarded as the “true” shamrock.

History of the shamrock

Its history dates back to ancient Ireland when the shamrock, also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, represented the rebirth of spring.

During the 1798 Irish Rebellion when the English began to conquer Irish land and make laws against their language and practice of Catholicism, wearing the shamrock became a symbol of Irish nationalism, according to History.com.

But contrary to popular belief, Ireland’s national symbol isn’t the shamrock. It’s actually the harp, which you’ll find on Irish coins, state seals and the presidential flag.

And while green is the color most associated with Ireland today—arguably due to both the shamrock and Ireland’s lush nature—the national color of origin was actually a shade of blue used by the Order of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Why is the shamrock linked to St. Patrick’s Day?

According to St. Patrick's Day lore, St. Patrick used the leaves of a shamrock as a metaphor for the holy trinity. Each leaf represented either the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit.

Many representations of St. Patrick depict the patron saint with shamrocks tied to his robes, the Sun reported.

Others show him in pictures alongside shamrocks.

According to academic folklorist Jack Santino, some pictures of St. Patrick even present him driving the snakes out of Ireland—a popular, debunked legend associated with the Christian figure—with a cross in one hand and a spring of shamrocks in the other.

Learn more about the holiday, its symbols, history and legends.

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