Easter : celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection
According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.
What is Good Friday? and The history of Good Friday
Jesus Christ was arrested after he was betrayed by his disciple, Judas Iscariot and was tried for blasphemy. After a number of tries, the mob lead by the high priest condemned Jesus and he was sentenced to be crucified. He was made to carry his own cross to the site of his execution, called the place of the skull. Here, he was crucified and suffered on the cross for six long hours. An earthquake occurred at the time of his death. After his death, the body of Jesus was carried away by his followers in secret and buried according to the Jewish custom. Two days later, Jesus was resurrected. Good Friday is a day of sadness and mourning to commemorate the death of Jesus and his many sufferings.
When is Good Friday celebrated?
Good Friday is celebrated on a Friday two weeks before Easter. This date has been estimated from the details given in the canonical gospels. It is a public holiday in us and Diffrent country on world. Easter, Latin Pascha, Greek Pascha, principal festival of the Christian church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. The earliest recorded observance of an Easter celebration comes from the 2nd century, though the commemoration of Jesus’ Resurrection probably occurred earlier. Easter is celebrated on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
The legend behind Easter
Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, but the seasonal chocolate eggs and the bunny who delivers them are nowhere to be found in scripture.
The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre—a goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have traditionally symbolized fertility.
Easter is celebrated with enthusiasm by the Christian community in India. The following rituals are observed:
- Preparations begin from Shrove Tuesday, i.e. the Tuesday before the Easter Sunday. Sweets like Simnel cakes and pancakes are prepared in order to give to the visitors.
- On Easter Sunday, people wear new clothes as a symbol of the end of the old and the beginning of the new. In some areas, it is the custom of those who have been baptized to wear white only. This signifies that they are now free of sin and filled with the grace of God.
- Mass is conducted in the churches celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Prayers are said in his honor.
- In Goa and Christian dominated areas of Mumbai, processions are taken out on Easter. Beach carnival is held in Goa which attracts a large crowd. Songs, dance and open air plays are performed. The Easter celebrations continue for a full week in Goa.
- Colorful Easter eggs are given as gifts during this festival. The legend has it that when Jesus was having difficulty in carrying his cross, an egg seller left his eggs and helped him. When the seller returned, he saw that his eggs have turned colorful with beautiful designs on them. So, intricately designed Easter eggs are decorated and given as gifts.