Easter is a very important occasion you should celebrate, Especially if you are a Christian.
It is a festival that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and is celebrated across the world.
Usually, it begins from Lent and ends with Holy Week, which includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Easter Sunday.
Easter is known as Pascha in Latin. Though the date is not fixed, It is celebrated annually, and it varies from year to year.
Why Is Easter celebrated?
We will look at the history of Easter festival celebration.
Easter is the festival that is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon, the Paschal full moon, after the vernal equinox.
It is a festival celebrated by most Christians because it is believed, it is the day Jesus was resurrected from death.
The event is said to have occurred on the third day after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died around 30-33 A.D. according to the Bible,
Luke 24:1-8 NIV1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
8 Then they remembered his words.
What Is The Meaning Of Easter?
Easter signifies the victory of Jesus Christ over death and the presentation of the gift life to the world.
The festival celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and is considered as the birth of Christianity.
Therefore, The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ signifies dying to Sin and alive to God.
It is the belief that Jesus, the son of God, died for everyone’s wrong-doings and then came back to life three days later to defeat death and evil.
The word Easter comes from the Anglo Saxon month ‘Eostremonath’ which means the time of year we now say April when the Christian festival was held.
The month was named after a German goddess ‘Eostre’ or ‘Ostara’?
However, the only reference to this name is from the early historian Bede in 725 A.D.
The week leading up to Easter is known as The Holy Week or Passion Week and includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.
While Palm Sunday is the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem and was celebrated.
Maundy Thursday is the “Last Supper” where Jesus met with his disciples to observe Passover and Good Friday was when Jesus was crucified on the cross.
He was there in the tomb throughout Saturday and resurrected Early Sunday morning which is Easter.
How Easter Is Celebrated?
The procedure of celebrating Easter follows a period of fasting known as Lent, in which many churches set aside time for repentance and remembrance.
Lent fasting begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday, which is the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
It was Pope Gregory 1 that established the 40 days, using the 40-day pattern of Israel, Moses, Elijah, and Jesus time in the wilderness.
Easter is a very significant date within Christianity and is said as the foundation of the Christian faith.
It represents the best stories of life, the son of God Jesus fulfilled prophecy and through his death, has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those who believe in his death and resurrection.
When Did Easter Festival Start?
According to Britannica Online
In 325 the Council of Nicaea decreed that Easter should be observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox (March 21).
However, The earliest Christians celebrated the resurrection on the fourteenth of Nisan (March-April) as the date of the Jewish Passover.
The days of Jewish were reckoned from evening to evening.
Therefore, Jesus had celebrated his Last Supper in the evening of the Passover and was the day of crucified the day of Passover.
Even though, Some Christians started celebrating Easter on the nearest Sunday to the Passover as Jesus arose on a Sunday.
However, it became a tradition in the Roman Empire.
Therefore, in Roman, Easter was celebrated on different days.
However, the Pope and some Christians insisted that the date should continue to be based on the timing of the Resurrection during Passover.
After determining the date of Passover by the Jewish leaders then they set the date for Easter by figuring three days after Passover.
Therefore, every year the date of celebrating Easter festival is different.
However, some people believed that the Lord rose on Sunday and so this day had been set aside as the Lord’s Day.
This was the only possible day to celebrate his resurrection.
Symbols Of Easter Celebration
There are some traditional symbols for Easter celebration, like Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny, which are both fertility symbols, holdovers from the feast of Ostara.
Some symbols for Easter include the pagan joy in the rising sun of spring,
Which coincides with Christians’ joy in the rising Son of God, candles in the churches were lightened which corresponds to the pagan of bonfires.
However, the symbols are apart from Christianity, the symbol of the cross and images of Jesus Christ, through paintings or statues are remembered.
It was Constantine that wanted that Christianity should be celebrated from Judaism and did not want Easter to be celebrated on the Jewish Passover.
Therefore, the Council of Nicea accordingly required the feast of the resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday and never on the Jewish Passover.
Easter was to be the Sunday just after the full moon after the spring equinox.
Moreover, it has been like that since that time
Therefore, now you may have come to know about the Easter festival, its celebrations, symbols, and history.
Bonus: The Main Reason You Should Celebrate Easter.
The main reason you should celebrate Easter today is apart from the historical perspective is the fact that Easter represents salvation for the world and it is the biggest and best reason we should celebrate Easter.
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