‘Easter’ in European languages

by Jakub Marian

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The following map shows the word “Easter” (the Christian holiday) translated into various European languages, such as French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian. The words are most commonly derived from the Latin pascha (from Hebrew pesach, a Jewish holiday); these are assigned the colour red in the map. The Germanic counterpart is in Brown.

The holiday is mostly called either “Big Night/Day” (blue) or “Resurrection of Christ” (green) in Slavic languages. Interestingly, Latvian “Lieldienas” also means “Big Days”, but “Liel-” is not etymologically related to “Vel-” in Slavic languages.


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