Easter day is one of the most festive events among Christians worldwide. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in the Christian bible. Many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter day with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church bells. Easter processions are held in some countries such as the Philippines and Spain. Many Christians view Easter day as the greatest feast of the Church year. It is a day of joy and celebration to commemorate that Jesus Christ is risen, according to Christian belief.Although Easter maintains great religious significance, many children in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, think of it as a time to get new spring clothes, to decorate eggs and to participate in Easter egg hunts where eggs are hidden by the Easter Bunny. Some children receive Easter baskets full of candy, snacks, and presents around this time of the year.
Many Christians celebrate Easter day as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which is written in the New Testament of the Christian bible. According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. An angel told her that Jesus had risen. Christians worldwide have celebrated Easter for centuries.
However, the roots of the Easter holiday’s traditions and activities can be traced back to pagan celebrations. The name Easter is believed to come from Eostara, the goddess of rebirth. In early times the Feast of Eostara celebrated earth’s resurrection and rebirth. Strict Puritans would have nothing to do with Easter day – it was merely a human institution – in the past. Charles I, king of England, declared the day as scriptural as Sunday in 1647 but Parliament contradicted him in print and abolished it with other church festivals.
The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. In 325CE the Council of Nicaea decided that the Easter day would be the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox. Easter is therefore delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday, which lessens the likelihood of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover. Eastern Orthodox churches in many countries such as Greece still figure their Easter date based on the Julian calendar.
Marvellous Funny Cards for Easter Day:
- May Easter Day Brings Lot of Happiness And joy in your life, May you live long life And Easter Day comes in your life hundred times, Wish you and your family a Happy Easter!
- May Jesus bless you immensely on this auspicious occasion. May you have a pleasant Easter.
- May Jesus Christ bless you and your family with abundant happiness and inner peace. Have a Blessed Easter.
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- May our Lord send his choicest blessings upon you and your family this Easter. Have a Blessed Easter.
- May the angels protect you, May the sadness forget you, May goodness surround you, And may Lord Jesus Christ always bless you, Happy Easter to you and your family!
- May the Lord’s face shine upon you this Easter. Wish you and your family a Happy Easter!
- May the returning back of Jesus Christ bring inner peace and satisfaction to your heart. Wish you and your family a Happy Easter!
- May the risen Christ bring happiness to you and your family all year round. Wishing you and all your loved ones a very Happy Easter.
- May the risen Christ bring you and your family abundant happiness. Have a blessed Easter.
- May the risen Lord bless you abundantly and bring lots of happiness to you and your family. Happy Easter day.
- May the spirit of hope that Easter brings, Help you find contentment in little things, And restore your faith in the Lord above, Who gave His life for the ones He loves. Happy Easter to you and your family!
- May this year’s Easter bring you new faith, new hope and new goals! Have a wonderful Easter!
Easter Week is the period of seven days from Easter Sunday through the Saturday following, and the State Public Service. Easter Monday is also a national holiday in the Scandinavian countries which have Lutheran state churches. Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars (both of which follow the cycle of the sun and the seasons). Instead, the date for Easter is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the Council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. (See also Computus and Reform of the date of Easter.) In particular, the Council did not decree that Easter must fall on Sunday. This was already the practice almost everywhere.
However, as with the rest of the world, Easter in Spain is no longer just about religion. It is a lovely time to be in the city, as the streets are filled with people enjoying the long weekend, the windows of chocolate shops and patisseries are piled with treats and Spring is in the air.
Be warned that, due to the fact that the weekend is a Spanish holiday many facilities will not be open on the Friday and the Monday of the weekend.
In this article I will provide details of what is open during Easter weekend, what activities are available and what you should look out for if you are visiting during this period.
Symbols for Easter Day:
Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are both fertility symbols, holdovers from the feast of Eostara. Other symbolic parallels include the pagan joy in the rising sun of spring, which coincides with Christians’ joy in the rising Son of God, and the lighting of candles in churches, which corresponds to the pagan bonfires. The symbol of the cross and images of Jesus Christ, through paintings or statues, are remembered on Easter Day.
7 Fun Facts About Easter Day:
1. Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.
2. The largest ever Easter egg hunt was in Florida, where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 eggs.
3. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million.
Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise.
The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild.
4. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.
5. With all those chocolate eggs for family, relatives, loved ones and friends, it should be no surprise that households spend an average of £75 on Easter treats each year.
6. In the USA, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year. At Easter, Americans also consume more than 16 million jellybeans used to fill the hollow centre of Easter eggs, and that’s enough to circle the globe three times over.
7. The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
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