Easter is here and people are all up to celebrate the day with some joy and happiness. Churches, on this day, may notice great enthusiasm among its devotees. Although easter comes after 'Good Friday' which altogether is a day to mourn but 'Easter' has its own charm to rejoice.
Let us first see what 'Easter' is all about:
Why 'Easter' falls on Sunday, or on any Sunday?
Easter is scheduled to fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox around April 14.
In Western Christianity, Easter will always fall between March 22 and April 25.A council of Christian bishops was convened by Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325, the First Council of Nicea, which was Christianity's first effort to get a consensus on what the church taught.
It was decided at this council that Easter Day should fall on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox and that it should always fall on a Sunday to represent the day of Christ's Resurrection.
What happened on 'Easter'?
The Easter season begins on Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent, which lasts 40 days - Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday. It reflects the suffering of Jesus for 40 days, he spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil.
The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection.
Easter is the day when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead three days after he was killed. It is often called the 'resurrection'. The Bible says the women returned to the tomb and found it open, they were told to go and tell the disciples 'He is Risen' - the 'He' being Jesus. It is only later, when Jesus is on the road and joins the disciples walking that he crops up again. In the Bible it says when they're all gathered Jesus reveals himself to them, and doubting Thomas touches his wounds as proof of who he is.
Where there is joy there is food: Easter Delicacies
Foods have always remained on priority of every human be it an Indian or a Christian. On this day, the familiar sights would be 'Easter Bunny' and most importantly 'Easter Eggs'.Eggs are often associated with Easter because they are a symbol of new life and fertility.
In Eastern European countries, they paint with patterns, which often hold meaning and tell the Easter story.
Blame the Germans for the Easter bunny. Originally an 'Easter hare', a buck-toothed bringer of chocolate to the kids that have behaved themselves was first mentioned in German literature in 1682.
Hot cross buns are also a traditional snack for this time of year. Eaten on Good Friday, they mark the end of Lent. The cross on the top represents the crucifixion of Christ and the spices inside remind Christians of the spices put on his body.
Happy Easter Fellas!