Easter is the most important annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day of his crucifixion. Christians celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday), two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday. The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between 26 and 36 AD. Easter also refers to the season of the church year calledEastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the twenty-first century, to April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar their celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover not only for much of its symbolism but also for its position in the calendar.
Relatively newer elements such as the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts have become part of the holiday's modern celebrations, and those aspects are often celebrated by many Christians and non-Christians alike. There are also some Christian denominations who do not celebrate Easter.
I'm a real bad Christian. I haven't read my bible for many years, not that I ever finished reading it to begin with! Now, I don't even have a bible in my home! What do I have? Lots of useless and "worthless" stuff. In most days, I've forgotten about Christ existence or his callings. Life has been good. And for most part, as with many people, I remember about Jesus and his sacrifices when I'm in pain or in want of something real bad! I know, I'm a hopeless case, … more
Some people look forward to Easter. Me, I just don’t see it. Beyond the religious ramifications involved, the non-religious activities have always seemed a bit more bizarre than usual. Take the Easter Bunny, for example. While much has been made of the rediculous notion of an animal that does not lay eggs delivering and/or hiding them, I think it is more important to point out that we do not eat rabbit for Easter. That might not seem odd on the surface. However, when … more