Resurrection Sunday…..Happy Easter Day

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Easter Sunday is one of the most festive
events among Christians worldwide. It
commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection
from death, as written in the Christian bible.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter
with special church services, music,
candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church
bells. Easter processions are held in some
countries such as the Philippines and Spain.
Many Christians view Easter as the greatest
feast of the Church year. It is a day of joy
and celebration to commemorate that Jesus
Christ is risen, according to Christian belief.
Many towns and villages in Italy have sacred
dramas about the episodes of the Easter
story – these are held in the piazzas on
Easter Day. Pastries called corona di nove
are baked in the form of a crown. Other
traditional foods include capretto (lamb) and
agnello (kid/goat). Easter in Poland is
celebrated with family meals that include
ham, sausages, salads, babka (a Polish cake)
and mazurka , or sweet cakes filled with nuts,
fruit and honey.
Although Easter maintains great religious
significance, many children in countries such
as Australia, Canada, the United States and
the United Kingdom, think of it as a time to
get new spring clothes, to decorate eggs and
to participate in Easter egg hunts where eggs
are hidden by the Easter Bunny. Some
children receive Easter baskets full of candy,
snacks, and presents around this time of the
year.
Public Life
Easter Sunday falls on a Sunday, which is a
non-working day in countries such as
Australia , Canada , the United Kingdom and
the United States. Government offices and
schools are closed in countries where Sunday
is a non-working day, and business activities
are limited.
In countries where Sunday is a non-working
day, transport schedules may be limited or
operate on a different schedule to that of the
working week, so those intending on
travelling via public transport may need to
check their schedules ahead of time.
Background
Many Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as
the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which
is written in the New Testament of the
Christian bible. According to the Gospel of
John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene
came to the tomb where Jesus was buried
and found it empty. An angel told her that
Jesus had risen. Christians worldwide have
celebrated Easter for centuries.
However, the roots of the Easter holiday’s
traditions and activities can be traced back
to pagan celebrations. The name Easter is
believed to come from Eostara , the goddess
of rebirth. In early times the Feast of Eostara
celebrated earth’s resurrection and rebirth.
Strict Puritans would have nothing to do with
Easter – it was merely a human institution –
in the past. Charles I, king of England,
declared the day as scriptural as Sunday in
1647 but Parliament contradicted him in print
and abolished it with other church festivals.
The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical
approximation of the March equinox. In
325CE the Council of Nicaea decided that the
Easter date would be the first Sunday after
the first full moon occurring on or after the
March equinox . Easter is therefore delayed
one week if the full moon is on Sunday,
which lessens the likelihood of it falling on
the same day as the Jewish Passover.
Eastern Orthodox churches in many countries
such as Greece still figure their Easter date
based on the Julian calendar.
Symbols
Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are both
fertility symbols, holdovers from the feast of
Eostara. Other symbolic parallels include the
pagan joy in the rising sun of spring, which
coincides with Christians’ joy in the rising
Son of God, and the lighting of candles in
churches, which corresponds to the pagan
bonfires. The symbol of the cross and images
of Jesus Christ, through paintings or statues,
are remembered on Easter Day.
Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’
resurrection from death.

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Quick Facts
Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus
Christ’s resurrection, according to
Christian belief.

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