What is Easter?
Easter is one of the oldest and most important Christian celebrations. Although today the giving of chocolate Easter eggs is a very popular tradition there is a much deeper meaning to Easter.
Easter is known as the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Christians this time of year is a real high point as it brings the joyful message of new life.
When is Easter?
Easter is never on the same day each year. It is celebrated at different times throughout the world.
Easter day is always on a Sunday but the dates vary. Many years ago it was decided that Easter shall always be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of spring which is normally around 21st March. Easter can be as early as 22nd March or as late as 25th April.
The Easter story:
Easter tells the story of Jesus’s last days before his death in Jerusalem.
The story starts with Maundy Thursday which is the day of the famous last super in which Jesus and his trusted disciples shared dinner and wine for the last time before his death.
Good Friday represents the day that Jesus was crucified. A sad day for all Christians but a day that is celebrated in memory of his sacrifice.
Easter day is the day in which Jesus was resurrected and came back to life.
Easter Monday also means the end of lent – which in turn means the end of fasting for some people.
This is usually celebrated with a feast. Christians and people who fast for lent give up luxury food and drink for 40 days.
Christians celebrated Easter long before the name Eater was used. The name used before Easter was ‘Pascha’ which was linked to the Jewish festival of Passover.
So there are many many different traditions all over the world, and Easter is celebrated in many different ways. Different religions and different parts of the world celebrate in different ways, here a few ways we celebrate Easter here in the UK.