Easter is one of the most significant Christian festivals and holidays. The day, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is a joyous occasion. Since it does not fall on a particular day, Easter has been called a moveable fest. This year, Easter will be celebrated on April 16.
Easter is one of the oldest Christian festivals. The day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which took place on the third day of his crucifixion. The day of his crucifixion is called Good Friday. Easter Sunday is not only the culmination of the Holy Week but also marks the conclusion of the 40 days of Lent.
Easter day is one of the most important Christian festivals and is celebrated with lots of fun and gaiety. On this day churches are decorated with flowers, lovely roses and enchanting lilies. Sunrise services are also conducted. People celebrate the day with church services and music. In some countries such as Spain and the Philippines, Easter processions are also held. Lily symbolizes new life while rose symbolizes undying love and they are inextricably linked with the Easter celebrations.
In Italy, sacred dramas depicting the Easter story are organized in many towns and villages. Many tempting traditional foods are also relished such as pastries and capretto (lamb). In Poland, family meals are organized on Easter Day. These comprise mouth-watering items such as sausages, salads, ham and Polish cakes.
In countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, Easter Day celebrations are held on a grand scale. People decorate their homes and buy new clothes. Many events are also organized such as the Easter Egg hunts. It is a big day for children, who get baskets of snacks and candy as well as many other interesting gifts.
Easter falls on Sunday, which is a holiday in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and many others as such businesses and schools are closed.
The Easter Bunny is a prominent symbol of Easter. The Easter bunny symbolizes fertility and new life. It is believed that the German immigrants brought the Easter Bunny to America in the 1700s. Over the years, the Easter Bunny became popular all over the United States.
Another very popular Easter symbol is the Easter egg. However, the Easter eggs has connections with the pagan traditions. During the ancient times, the egg was the symbol of new life. In Christianity, Easter eggs symbolize the emergence of Jesus from the tomb. A lot of games involving the egg are also played around the world. The Easter lilies are symbols of Jesus' purity, while the lamb represents Jesus.
Other symbols that are associated with the festival are palm, cross, candles and bonfires, Pretzels, and Hot Cross Buns.
Unlike, Christmas, Easter is not celebrated on any particular date and hence it is called a moveable feast. The date of Easter is calculated according to the lunar calendar and is based on the date of the vernal equinox. The decision to celebrate Easter on Sunday was taken in 325. That year the Council of Nicaea decreed that the Easter Day should always be observed on the first Sunday which is after the first full moon which would take place on or after the vernal equinox. As such, Easter can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25.
Last Updated: 28th March, 2017