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Where does the word Easter come from?

The word Easter is not in the New Testament. Nor does it feature in most translations of the Bible into vernacular languages. 

What is Passover? Where does the word come from?

Why do we say 'Good' Friday?

What is Passover?

Pass·o·ver[pas-oh-ver,pahs-]Show IPA noun
1.
Also called Pesach, Pesah.a Jewish festival that commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and is marked chiefly by the Seder ritual and the eating of matzoth. It begins on the 14th day of Nisan and is celebrated for eight days by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside of Israel and for seven days by Reform Jews and Jews in Israel. 2.
(lowercase) paschal lamb(def. 1). Origin: 
1520–30; noun use of verb phrase pass over, as translation of Hebrew pesaŠł• Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013. Passover is one of the most important religious holidays in the Jewish faith. Its dates overlap  Easter.  The story of Moses leading the Hebrew slaves  out of Egypt is told in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 12 in the Hebrew Bible (the Torah)  See here for a short summary of Passover traditions.

Why are Academy Awards called Oscars?

There is no definitive explanation as to how Oscar became the popular name for an Academy Award.