Celebrating Easter Sunday
The most festive events among Christians worldwide are Easter Sunday. As written in the Christian bible, it commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians celebrate Easter all over the world with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church bells.
In some countries like the Philippines and Spain Easter is getting procession. Thus Easter is the greatest feast of the Church year of Many Christians.
According to Christian belief, it is a day of joy and celebration to commemorate that Jesus Christ is risen.
Various towns and villages in Italy have sacred dramas about the episodes of the Easter story – which are held in the piazzas on Easter Day.
Pastries which are called corona di nove are baked in the form of a crown.
There are also other traditional foods such as capretto (lamb) and Agnello (kid/goat).
In Poland, Easter is celebrated with family meals which consist of food like ham, sausages, salads, Babka (a Polish cake) and mazurka, or sweet cakes filled with nuts, fruit, and honey.
Easter is having great religious importance, many children in countries like Australia, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom;
Think of it as a time to get new spring clothes, to garnish eggs and to take part in Easter egg hunts where eggs are hidden by the Easter Bunny.
Some children get Easter baskets full of candy, snacks, and presents around this time of the year.
Actually, Easter Sunday comes on a Sunday, which is a non-working day in various countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Government offices and schools remain closed in countries where Sunday is a non-working day, and business activities are limited.
The countries which have Sunday as a non-working day, transport schedules there may be limited or can be operated on a different schedule to that of the working week,
So those aspiring on traveling via public transport may need to check their schedules ahead of time.
Many Christians celebrate this holy day as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, in the sacred text this will is written.
As per the Gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene came to the sepulcher where Jesus was concealed and found it empty.
An angel said to Mary Magdalene that Jesus has risen. All the Christians worldwide have celebrated Easter for centuries.
However, the roots of the Easter holiday’s traditions and activities can be discovered back to pagan commemoration. It is believed that the name Easter is derived from Eostara which was the goddess of rebirth.
In early times the Feast of Eostara commemorated the earth’s resurrection and rebirth. Strict Puritans would not have anything to do with Easter,
In the past, in addition, it was merely a human institution.
Charles I who was the king of England had declared that the day as scriptural as Sunday in 1647 but Parliament refuted him in print and ended it with other church festivals.
The dates of Easter actually depend on the churchly approximation of the March equinox.
The Council of Nicaea had decided in 325CE about the Easter date,
Eventually, Which would be the first Sunday after the first full moon coming on or after the March equinox.
This is the reason Easter is delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday, which lessens the possibility of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover.
In many countries, Eastern Orthodox churches such as Greece is still figuring their Easter date based on the Julian calendar.
The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs, similarly, both are the fertility symbols, holdovers from the feast of Eostara.
Other symbolic equivalents include the pagan joy in the rising sun of spring,
Which, just like Christians’ joy in the rising Son of God, and the lighting of candles in churches,
Which corresponds to the pagan bonfires.
However, the cross symbol and images of Jesus Christ, through paintings or statues, recalled on Easter Day.
Eventually, Easter is a Christian festival, which celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have happened three days after Jesus was hanged on the cross by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D.
The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that starts with Lent a fasting period of 40-day, lots of prayer and sacrifice and ends with Holy Week,
Which consists of Holy Thursday (Which is the celebration of Jesus’ Last dinner with his 12 Apostles), Good Friday (on which crucifixion of Jesus is seen), and Easter Sunday.
Although the holiday of high religious importance in the Christian faith, many traditions connected with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times.
When Is Easter?
This year Easter occurring on April 21. However, each year Easter falls on a different date.
Easter Sunday and its associated celebrations, such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday,
Are assumed as “moveable feasts,” also in western Christianity, this follows the calendar of the Gregorian.
Always Easter falls on a Sunday in between March 22nd and April 25th.
In conclusion, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which adheres to the Julian calendar,
Easter falls on a Sunday between April 4th and May 8th each year.
Future Easter Sunday Dates:
April 12, 2020
4th April, 2021
April 17, 2022
April 9, 2023
March 31, 2024
April 20, 2025