The Significance of Easter
Each year many people celebrate Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a movable feast because it doesn't fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead Christian Churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.
Easter is really an entire season of the Church year, as opposed to a single day observance. The lent consists of a 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christian believe he survived various temptations by the devil (History,2015). Even though I am not a Christian I still celebrate the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday since most importantly I believe in god and the religion that I practice consists of the 40- day period leading up to Easter Sunday. In fact every Friday I could not eat anything that contained meat and instead we ate seafood or chicken. Furthermore Good Friday, which honors the day of the crucifixion, and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the Crucifixion and resurrection (History, 2015). Are two important days that are follow by Easter Sunday and in these two days my parents are very strict in eating meat since they observe it as an offense towards god. The 40-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven (History, 2015).
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 (Taylor, 2014). For instance during Spring break I went to the Plaza frequently to buy clothes that contained colors that transmitted Spring. Also I went to the stores to buy my nephews candy since in the United States it is consider that some children receive Easter baskets full of candy, snacks, and presents around this time of the year.In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallows chicks that appear in stores each spring including Easter eggs bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of the this holiday (Taylor, 2014). In addition I have always wonder myself what does the symbols of the Easter eggs and Easter bunny meant so I did a research during Spring Break and I founded out that Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are both fertility symbols, holdovers from the feast of Eostara (Taylor, 2014). The symbol of the cross and images of Jesus Christ through paintings or statues are remembered on Easter day.
There is a lot of confusion regarding what Easter Sunday is all about. For some, Easter Sunday is about the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated eggs, and Easter egg hunts. Although most people understand that Easter Sunday has something to do with the resurrection of Jesus, but are confused as to how the resurrection is related to the Easter eggs and Easter bunny. Overall it does not matter if people observe Easter as Easter Bunny or as the resurrection of Jesus since the most important thing is that Easter especially Easter Sunday units family.
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Taylor, Judy S. "Easter." Articles about. Chicago Tribune, 14 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.