International Development News
Development News Edition
Give Feedback

Easter 2018: All you need to know about the festival

The celebration usually includes Church services, festive family meals, Easter egg decoration, and exchange of gifts.


Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 01-04-2018 07:20 IST
Easter 2018: All you need to know about the festival

Easter celebration (representative image)

Easter Sunday, also known as Pascha (Latin), is being celebrated today all over the world (Western Christianity) and will also be celebrated on 8th April by the Eastern Christianity.

Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his cruxifixion. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. It symbolizes the arrival of light and the awakening of life around us.

Celebration:

The celebration usually includes Church services, festive family meals, Easter egg decoration, and exchange of gifts.

  • On Easter Sunday, children hunt for the decorated Easter eggs around their home, and many organizations hold Easter egg hunts for children in the neighborhood.
  • Many towns and cities in Spain celebrate Easter with processions through the streets. Floats called 'tronos or pasos' (depending on the city) are carried through the street. Each float has incredibly decorated figures representing part of the Easter story.
  • In other countries like Ireland, Poland, Latvia, Italy, Croatia and the USA, Easter eggs are the tradition for this time. In Germany, they hang the eggs on trees and in Latvia they use flowers and seeds to decorate the eggs.
  • In Germany, decorated eggs are hung from trees in an almost 'Christmassy' fashion.
  • Shops line their windows with brightly-coloured wrappings for Easter candles and chocolate eggs. Greek families sit down to a meal of whole roasted lamb or kid goat on Easter Sunday.

Significance of Easter egg:

The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. In Christianity, it became associated with Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. The custom of the Easter egg originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion.

Easter eggs, the Easter Bunny, the dawn that arrives with resurrection of life and the celebration of spring all serve to remind us of the cycle of rebirth and the need for renewal in our lives.

Facts:

    • Easter is not fixed to a specific day.The date for Easter is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar.
    • Decorating Easter eggs was traditionally a symbol of the empty tomb. This tradition is called Pysanka. Christians believe that Easter eggs symbolize new life and resurrection.
    • Some European countries follow a tradition of burning Easter fires, which represent fertility.
    • The English word for Easter is derived from the name of a minor Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre, the goddess of the dawn or spring.
    • In Greek, Easter is Paskha, in French it is Pâques, Paaske is the Danish word for Easter and in Italian Easter is called Pasqua.