Easter is the the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.
Easter is a movable feast it happens on different dates depending on where in the world you live. In western churches such as in the UK, America and Australia, they use the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar used in eastern churches.
Its all about last few days of Jesus Christ before his death.
It includes :
Maundy Thursday -Also known as holy Thursday , beginning of three day celebration of Easter
Remembering the last supper, the crucifixion and the death of Jesus, and the Resurrection to new life.
In last supper Jesus took bread and wine and Christians continue to share bread and wine as part of their worship in church.
(the day on which Jesus was crucified)
According to the bible:
The third hour of the day – Jesus was nailed to the cross.
(9:00 am )
The Sixth Hour of the day – darkness covered the land
The ninth hour of the day – the darkness left, and the Lord died
( 3:00 pm).
It is traditional to eat warm ‘hot cross buns’ on Good Friday as it symbolizes and reminds Christians of the cross that Jesus was killed on.
Easter Day (the day on which Jesus came back to life).
It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.
Churches are decorated with flowers (white lilies )
The colors in the church change to white or gold which are thought to be the best colors. And Church bells are rung most of the time.
The custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life .The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to replace chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with candies such as jelly beans.
Easter Egg Traditions
An Egg Hunt game – Egg hunt is a game during which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial, filled with or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden in various places for children to find. The game may be both indoors and outdoors.
Egg Rolling – The Easter Egg Roll is an annual event, and is held on the White House lawn on every Easter Monday for children and their parents.
Egg Tapping - One holds a hard-boiled egg and taps the egg of another with one’s own egg intending to break the other’s, without breaking one’s own .
Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion. The hare symbolizes fertility and rebirth. Later Easter bunny became the symbol of Easter .The tradition is that the Easter bunny leaves Easter eggs on Easter Sunday.
Legend has it that lilies sprung in the place where Jesus’ blood drops fell; hence lilies are the traditional Easter flowers in many countries. The churches around the world are decorated with Easter flowers, mainly with lilies reminding worshipers of the new life that comes through the resurrection of Jesus
Hard boiled Eggs are the first Easter food to come to mind on Easter day .
In Many areas hot cross buns are an Easter favorite. This tradition is borrowed from Ancient Anglo-Saxons who baked small wheat cakes in honor of the springtime goddess, Eostre. The church replaced the cakes with sweetbreads after converting to Christianity.
Different countries around the world serve sweet cakes such as Czech babobkan and Polish baba. Flat loaves marked with a cross and decorated with Easter eggs serve by serve The Greeks and Portuguese and Syrian and Jordanian Christians have honey pastries. Ham is a traditional Easter food in United states , people celebrate Easter with a traditional Easter dinner of ham, lamb, or chicken.
The Christians often refer to Jesus as The Lamb of God and On Easter Sunday many eat roast lamb dinner.’
Easter Crafts :
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