Is there something more significant and festive in the Christian world apart from Christmas? Yes, you got it! Easter Sunday or Easter Day is known to be the most important day of the year for Christians across the world. It is celebrated three days after He has died on the cross at the Calvary. Jesus rose from dead referred to as the “Resurrection” and overpowered evil forever.
Basically, Easter Day is the end of Season of Lent and means the end of some people's fasting. Celebrations for Easter Sunday usually begin at midnight for most Christian churches. The use of candles during the Easter Eve festivities comes with very deep meaning. The candles help Christians in remembrance of Jesus as the light of the world and that He resurrected from the dead on Easter Sunday to get rid of the darkness and evil of this world.
One of the most significant sights during Easter Sunday is the use of flowers in decorating the churches. Flowers represent new life. It is also the time of the year when priests wear their brightest and best robes to celebrate the day Christ has risen. Christians are also accustomed into going to Sunrise Mass celebrated in the early morning to commence the celebration of Easter Sunday.
Let us go down memory lane to better understand the origin of Easter Sunday:
Since the conception of Easter as a sacred celebration in the second century, it was said to have originated from a pagan festival. The ancient Saxons hold a celebration the return of spring with an uproarious and hilarious festival to commemorate their goddess of offspring and of springtime named Eastre. The Christian missionaries during the second century had an encounter with the tribes with their pagan celebration; they made attempts in converting them to Christianity. They did so, however, in a very clandestine and discreet way.
It would have been suicide for early Christians to convert their celebrations during their holy days with observance that would coincide with the celebrations that the pagans already have. This saved the lives of missionaries who cleverly decided to spread their religious message delicately throughout the populations by allowing them to continue celebrating their pagan festivities in a much Christian manner. The pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of the year as the Christians observe the Resurrection of Christ. It made serious sense to alter the festival itself to make it more like of a Christian celebration. Eventually, the name was changed into its modern spelling – EASTER.
The Date of Easter Celebration
Before A.D. 325, Easter Sunday was variously celebrated in different days of the week. It could be celebrated on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by Emperor Constantine. The Easter Rule was issued which states that Easer shall be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon or after the vernal equinox or the first day of spring. Hence, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.
The Season of Lent is the forty-six days just prior to Easter Sunday. It begins with Ash Wednesday and Mardi Gras. It was designed as way to indulge before sacrificing for Lent commence. The Mardi Gras is often focused in New Orleans in the United States.
The Cross symbolizes the Crucifixion of Christ. It is the official symbol of Christianity. This is not just a symbol of Easter, but it is widely used especially by the Catholic Church as their symbol of faith and religious doctrine.
The Easter Bunny symbolizes the pagan festival of Easter. The goddess Eastre was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. It was the Germans who brought the Easter symbol to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until after Civil War. It was said that the Easter bunny brings basket full of eggs during this day.
The Easter egg was perhaps taken from the ancient times. The exchange of eggs during the springtime was a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians. It was said to be a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. These eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf for the nobles. However, peasants use to color their eggs by boiling them certain petals and leaves of flowers.
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