What Christians Believe Easter Means

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Easter is a Christian event that honours the conviction that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. According to the New Testament of the Bible, the incident took place three days after the Romans crucified Jesus and killed him in about the year 30. The occasion marks the end of the “Passion of Christ,” a sequence of occasions and holidays that began with Lent, a 40-day period of penance, fasting, and sacrifice, and ended with Holy Week, which included Holy Thursday (also known as “Maundy Thursday”), Good Friday (when Jesus’ crucifixion is remembered), and Easter Sunday. Despite being a day of great religious significance to Christians, Easter has a long history of customs.

In 2023, when is Easter? 

Easter Sunday in 2023 falls on April 9. Easter does, however, occur on a different day every year. Although Easter usually falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25 in western Christianity, which uses the Gregorian calendar, those days are referred to as “moveable feasts” along with related events like Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday. Easter usually occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs around the spring equinox or after.Orthodox Easter occurs every year on a Sunday between April 4 and May 8 for Eastern Orthodox Christians who use the Julian calendar.

Easter Sunday, often known as Eastertide or the Easter Season, officially begins in several Protestant Christian faiths. Eastertide comes to an end on Pentecost Sunday, which is the 50th day following Easter. 

Easter Sunday marks the beginning of the Pascha (Greek for “Passover”) season, which lasts for 40 days and is marked with the celebration of the Feast of the Ascension. 

Why Is Easter Called ‘Easter’?

The English word “Easter” is said to have originated from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility, according to St. Bede the Venerable, the author of Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (“Ecclesiastical History of the English People”) in the sixth century. According to other historians, the word “Easter” originates from the Latin phrase in albis, which is the plural of alba, or “dawn.”

Easter tradition in religion 

The New Testament of the Bible’s account of Jesus’ resurrection serves as the principal cornerstone for all of the Christian religions. Easter is a particularly important occasion in the Christian calendar as a result. 

The New Testament claims that Jesus was detained by the Roman government primarily because he declared himself to be the “Son of God.” Nevertheless, historians have questioned this claim, with some suggesting that the Romans may have seen Jesus as a threat to the empire. 

The Christian celebration of Good Friday (the Friday before Easter) commemorates Jesus’ execution by crucifixion and his resurrection three days later. Pontius Pilate, the Roman ruler in charge of Judea from A.D. 26 to 36, had sentenced him to death.

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