What is Easter?
In the memory of Jesus Christ. Easter celebrates his Resurrection which is one of the most important feast in the Christian calendar.
Easter Sunday does not fall on the same day and date every year. It generally falls sometime between March 22 and April 25. It falls exactly on the first Sunday after the first full moon following March 21, the vernal equinox (the time in spring when day and night are of equal length). The exact date of Easter Sunday was fixed by the church council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.
In fact, Easter Sunday ends a period of preparing for the feast of Easter. This period of forty days of prayer and fasting called Lent, starts on Ash Wednesday and ends of the eve of Easter called Holy Saturday. The Lenten fast commemorates Jesus Christ’s fast’of forty days in the desert.
The gap of one week between Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday is called Holy Week. Church services remind the last days of the life of Christ on earth throughout the Holy week. Palm Sunday marks the entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Holy Thursday marks he last supper. Good Friday marks Christ’s crucifixion and Easter Sunday, his Resurrection.
Numerous customs have been developed around Easter. One of the customs is a sunrise service on Easter Sunday which can be traced to ancient spring festivals that celebrated the rising sun. People well dress themselves on Easter Sunday which commemorate the Resurrection of Christ. The custom comes’ from the baptism on Easter Sunday of early Christians who were led into the church wearing new robes of white linen.
The Easter parade goes back to the Middle Ages, when people walked about the countryside on Easter, stopping along the way to pray. It offers an opportunity or the people to see and show their fashionable new spring clothes.
Since, the egg is a symbol of life so it is also adopted as an Easter symbol. It is the tradition of Persians and Egyptians to get the eggs coloured and thereafter they eat them at the time of new year’s celebration.