Easter is also one of the biggest milestones to be observed on the Christian calendar. It marks the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This foundation is the main principle on which the Christian faith is built on.
This celebration is observed and marked the world over by Christians through a Christian holiday. Easter, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ which occurred on the third day after he was crucified on the cross. 40 days prior to Easter, Christians observe the period of Lent, which is supposed to be 40 days of prayer, penance and fasting.
The last week of this 40 day period is called Holy Week. The Thursday before the Friday is observed as a Holy Thursday to commemorate when the Last Supper was held. Good Friday commemorates Jesus' crucifixion and death. YEN.com.gh brings you some important facts of Easter as Christians the world over prepare to mark the day from March 25 to March 27.
- Easter is not fixed to a specific day. The celebration usually falls between March 22nd and April 25th. For the many who are in the habit of trying to calculate, it is said that Easter is supposed to fall on the first Sunday after the full moon following March 21.
- Judas Iscariot is the name of the man who betrayed Jesus Christ. His betrayal led to Jesus’s, crucifixion.
- Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces for silver and hanged himself after betraying Jesus.
- When Jesus was resurrected it proved he was the Son of God and first appeared to Mary Magdalene.
- Jesus' death was symbolic in that he was dying for our sins.
- During Easter, most churches observe communion. The wine used during communion symbolizes Jesus' blood and the bread symbolizes His body.
- Easter is the oldest Christian holiday.
- Traditionally people celebrated Easter by decorating eggs, which they term Easter eggs. They believed the decoration of the eggs was a symbol of the empty tomb. This tradition is called Pysanka. Some Christians who still follow this practice believe that Easter eggs symbolize new life and resurrection.
- In recent times, many countries have found interesting ways of celebrating Easter. For instance in some European countries, they follow a tradition of burning Easter fires, which represent fertility.
- In the US, The White House holds an annual Easter egg hunt on the front lawn. This tradition began in 1878 with President Rutherford B. Hayes.
- Members of the Greek Orthodox faith often paint their Easter eggs red, which symbolizes Jesus' blood and his victory over death. The color red is symbolic of the renewal of life, and as such, Jesus' resurrection.
- Some also believe in wearing new clothing on Easter because they are under the belief that it will bring good luck for the coming year.
- Following Easter is a 50 day period called Eastertide which ends on Pentecost Sunday
- As we observe this all important occasion in the Christian calendar, lets me focused and mindful of the fact that Christ is the reason for the celebration.
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