Easter is also known as resurrection Sunday. It is the day where Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This year Easter falls on April 4, 2021.
History and Significance: Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for the people’s sins and rise on the third day. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross by the Romans because Jesus claimed to be the “Son of God.”
However some historians believe that the Romans may have viewed Jesus as a threat to the empire and hence, crucified him.According to the New Testament, Easter is three days after the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by a season of lent - a period of 40 days which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. It is a period of fasting, prayer and penance.
The resurrection established Jesus as the son of God and is cited as proof that God will righteously judge the world. Any person who follows Jesus will receive eternal salvation and may dwell in the Kingdom of heaven. It means that the followers of Jesus will be welcome into heaven once their earthly life is over.
Easter Traditions : People usually celebrate the Easter season by going to church and hearing mass, during mass the congregation lights candles from the fire of the Paschal candle.
The Paschal candle is the first candle to be lit with a flame from the sacred fire, it represents the light of Christ coming into the world. It represents the risen Christ - a symbol of light and life dispelling darkness and death.
People celebrate with a huge feast of food and they distribute Easter Eggs - a dessert made out of marzipan or chocolate to one another. Eggs were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth.
In Christianity however, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus resurrected.
This year, however, due to the covid situation people may have to celebrate by attending online church services instead of going physically to a church.