It’s the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.
Easter is celebrated by Christians as a joyous holiday because it represents the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament and the revelation of God’s salvific plan for all of humankind. In commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus, Easter also celebrates the defeat of death and the hope of salvation.
The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at the beginning of spring. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century.
Easter is the day that Christians believe that Christ rose from the dead, bringing eternal life to followers. Christ’s resurrection, following his crucifixion on what is known as Good Friday, is a time of rejoicing and rebirth.
Death, resurrection and eggs. Imprisonment, humiliations, carrying the cross, crucifixion, death on Good Friday, rising from the tomb, glorious, never to suffer and die again: I wish you, my dear readers, a blessed and Happy Easter! And: enjoy your egg hunting with your beloved family!
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