Easter marks the completion of the Passion of Christ, beginning from Lent and ending with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (also Maundy Thursday which celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles), Good Friday (when Jesus’ crucifixion is observed) and finally ending with Easter Sunday. The day marks the return of Christ who sacrificed himself for the sins of humanity. The resurrection proves him as the true son of God who defeated evil and death before ascending to heaven. It is a day of feasting and celebration during which people attend prayer services, decorate and distribute Easter eggs and play traditional Easter games such as egg rolling, egg tapping and egg decorating.
Why Is This Day Celebrated?
Easter is a tradition in Christianity, believed to be over 2,000 years old, which commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection. It is one of the most important religious holidays for Christians all over the world. The festival is often associated with chocolate bunnies, colourful eggs, and feasts.
Christians celebrate Easter because they believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion on Friday (Good Friday). His body was brought down from the cross and buried in a tomb. Three days after this, Jesus rose from the dead. He walked out of the tomb, appearing to one of his disciples Mary Magdalene.
Apart from Easter Sunday, the entire week leading up to Easter is considered holy. It begins on Palm Sunday, which is a week prior to Easter. The significant days after Palm Sunday include Maundy Thursday, when Jesus Christ supposedly had his last supper with his followers, Good Friday (when he was crucified), and Easter on Sunday.
Easter is also about family get-togethers and feasting besides offering prayers at the church. Easter traditionally falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25, depending on when the full moon occurs in the Spring.