What Is Easter?
Easter pronounced ˈiesta
It the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ and is held (in the Western Church) between 21 March and 25 April.
This is Holy Week, with emphasis on the weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Holy Week is the entire week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Not a whole lot happens on Monday and Tuesday, but some Christians mark the crucifixion on Wednesday, and some celebrate Maundy — or Holy — Thursday, the day of the Last Supper, Jesus’ final Passover meal with his disciples.
The most sacred time of year for Christians. It is the time they mark the betrayal, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, and a week that culminates in Easter Sunday, the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead.
Some of the traditions, Easter is always a lively holiday for fasting, penitence, confession, carnivals and being with loved ones. Most of the people observe this holiday traditionally by decorating colored Easter eggs, playing Easter egg hunts, going to church, making chocolate bunnies and hot cross buns, dancing etc. Eggs have always been associated with the Easter celebration. Nearly every culture in the world has a long tradition of coloring eggs in beautiful and different ways.
Interesting Facts about EASTER
- The first story of a rabbit (later named the “Easter Bunny”) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
- Easter is not fixed to a specific day. It usually falls between March 22nd and April 25th. It is supposed to fall on the first Sunday after the full moon following March 21st.
- Lilies are a flower often associated with Easter (Easter Lilies). The petals face downward, which is in honor of Jesus.
- Approximately $14.7 billion is spent every Easter, with an average of $130 for each home. 120 million pounds of candy are sold at Easter. Approximately 75% of people will eat the chocolate bunny’s ears first.
- The White House holds an annual Easter egg hunt on the front lawn. This tradition began in 1878 with President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1981 the White House began to use wooden Easter eggs so they could be kept as keepsakes.
- Eggs have been seen as ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth.
- Decorating Easter eggs was traditionally a symbol of the empty tomb. This tradition is called Pysanka. Christians believe that Easter eggs symbolize new life and resurrection.