What is Easter?

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In the Christian world, Easter represents the day when Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. Based on the writings of the Holy Bible, Christ’s supposed resurrection occurred three days after he was put to the cross by the Romans and died in Calvary. For many Christian denominations around the world, Easter represents the fulfilment of many prophesies that were indicated in the books of the Bible’s Old Testament. The suffering of Jesus and his death by crucifixion along with His resurrection on Easter were said to be foretold by many prophets.

In Western Christian denominations, Easter marks the end of the so-called Lenten season which starts from Ash Wednesday. This particular Christian season is celebrated by the Church for 40 days by means of masses and vigils. Lent is also the time for many Christians to do penance for their sins by means of fasting and giving alms to the poor and needy. The week before Easter, which is celebrated on a Sunday is commonly referred to as the Holy Week. Most church calendars place Easter or Resurrection Day on the final Sunday of the Lenten Season. The Friday before Easter is considered the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

The celebration of Easter among Christian denominations is also associated to a similar feast among the Jewish people. This feast is called the Passover. The Jewish celebrates this feast at around the same time with the Easter celebrations of Christian Churches. In any given year, no fixed date is given for Easter except that it always falls on a Sunday and the end of the 40-day Lenten Season of Western Christian denominations. Easter or Resurrection day is based on the Paschal Full Moon which also represents the first full moon after the season of spring or the so-called Vernal Equinox. From its initial celebration of church-related activities like fasting, praying, and alms-giving, Easter has evolved into becoming a family celebration of fun activities like egg-hunting and gift-giving.

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