25 Things You Should Know About Easter
25 Things You Should Know About Easter

Every year, Christians around the world celebrate Easter. For many, it is a deeply religious period that honours the resurrection of their savior – Jesus Christ.

25 Things You Should Know About Easter
25 Things You Should Know About Easter

Some Christians simply see it as a time to hunt for colored eggs and eat candy with family.

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25 Things You Should Know About Easter
25 Things You Should Know About Easter

Easter, widely considered the most important Christian festivity, is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, three days after he was crucified.

25 Things You Should Know About Easter
25 Things You Should Know About Easter

Here is what you should know about the days that commemorate the Passion of Christ.

25 Things You Should Know About Easter

25 Things You Should Know About Easter
25 Things You Should Know About Easter
  1. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion.
Easter Celebration
Easter Celebration

2. Easter takes place on a Sunday, after the 40-day period called Lent. Lent is referred to as a time of fasting, but participants focus more on giving up one significant indulgence.

3. Easter falls on a different date each year. The celebration is considered “moveable feasts,” although in western Christianity with Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday

4. Holy Week is celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday, continues on to Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally, Easter Sunday.

Holy Week
Holy Week

5. Holy Week began in Jerusalem in the earliest days of the church, though the term first appears in the writings of fourth century bishops, Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, and Epiphanius, bishop of Constantia.

Spy Wednesday
Spy Wednesday

6. An archaic and infrequently used name for the Wednesday before Easter is “Spy Wednesday”, named for Judas’ becoming a spy for the Sanhedrin.

Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday

7. Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. The term “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum (commandment). The term refers to the commandment given by Jesus at the Last Supper.

Good Friday
Good Friday

8. The historical origins of the “Good” in Good Friday remain unclear, though some etymologists believe the term “good” is an archaic form of “holy.”

Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday

9. Holy Saturday commemorates the “harrowing of hell,” the time between his Crucifixion and his Resurrection when Christ is believed to have descended into hell.

Essence Of Lent
Essence Of Lent

10. This period of fasting and penitence is called Lent. It begins on Ash Wednesday, and lasts for 40 days (not including Sundays).

11. Easter celebration was initially known as “Pascha”, a name taken from the Jewish Passover Festival and the term “Easter” came from the Anglo-Saxon word for April – “Eostremonath”.

Buda Castle Easter Festival
Buda Castle Easter Festival

12. Despite its significance as a Christian holy day, many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter observances actually have roots in pagan celebrations particularly the pagan goddess Eostre (or Ostara), the ancient Germanic goddess of spring—and in the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Easter Celebration
Easter Celebration

13. Some churches still keep up the old tradition of using evergreens as a symbol of eternal life embroidered in red on white, or woven in straw, but most now prefer displays of flowers in the spring colors of green, yellow, and white.

Easter Egg
Easter Egg

14. Some traditions also claim the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus, with the shell of the egg representing the sealed Tomb and cracking the shell representing the Resurrection.

Eggs Painted In Red By Greece For Easter Celebration
Eggs Painted In Red By Greece For Easter Celebration

15. Christians in the Middle East and in Greece painted eggs bright red to symbolize the blood of Christ.

Easter Egg
Easter Egg

16. Eggs have been seen as ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth

Resurrection Of Christ
Resurrection Of Christ

17. The resurrection of Jesus, as described in the New Testament of the Bible, is essentially the foundation upon which the Christian religions are built. Hence, Easter is a very significant date on the Christian calendar.

18. According to the New Testament, Jesus was arrested by the Roman authorities, essentially because he claimed to be the “Son of God,” although historians question this motive, with some saying that the Romans may have viewed him as a threat to the empire.

19. He was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect in the province of Judea.

Christ Has Risen
Easter Celebration

20. From 26 to 36 A.D. Jesus’ death by crucifixion, marked by the Christian holiday Good Friday (the Friday before Easter), and subsequent resurrection three days later is said, by the authors of the gospels, to prove that he was the living son of God.

Christ Has Risen
Christ Has Risen

21. In varying ways, all four of the gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) state that those who believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection are given “the gift of eternal life,” meaning that those of faith will be welcomed into the “Kingdom of Heaven” upon their earthly death.

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt

22. Much like the Olde English and Celtic beliefs of the rabbits being a sign of fertility, the Egyptians believed that the egg was a symbol of birth and life.

Easter Egg
Easter Egg

 

23. One of the most well-known Easter traditions in American is the annual Easter Egg Roll, this dates back to the 17th President of America.

Easter Egg Roll Hunt
Easter Egg Roll Hunt

24. The annual Easter Egg Roll got its start sometime between 1867 and 1872 (accounts vary), but two things are certain: First, it was initially held on the grounds of the Capitol and, secondly, it is now illegal to do so.

 chocolate Easter bunny,
chocolate Easter bunny,

25. You may be disappointed to find that when you bite into the chocolate Easter bunnies, it isn’t filled with anything, it’s just hollow.