For Christian’s Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the tomb, three days after his crucifixion. Celebrating the Easter holiday is a way to renew hope and forgive sins. Jesus Christ fulfilled prophecy. Through his death, he has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those that believe in him, his crucifixion, and his resurrection.
Catholics built their faith upon the foundation of the true meaning of Easter. The date of the Easter holiday is very significant to this religion. Easter follows a 40 day period of fasting called Lent. Pope Gregory 1 established this 40 day fasting period as a way to remember the time spent in the wilderness. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday.
The week leading into Easter Sunday is referred to as Holy Week. Palm Sunday is the day Jesus entered Jerusalem. Maundy Thursday, “Last Supper”, is the day where Jesus met with his disciples to observe Passover. Good Friday is the day Jesus was crucified on the cross. And Easter Sunday is the day that he was resurrected.
The Date of Easter
Finally, the date of the Easter holiday was set. Constantine did not desire Christian’s to celebrate the holiday on the Jewish Passover. It was decided that because Sunday is the “Lord’s Day”, Easter would be celebrated on Sunday each year. The Spring Equinox signifies new life. Therefore, it was decided that Easter Sunday would be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Thus, the actual date of the Easter celebration changes each year.
May your Easter Day be divine and filled with love and joy.