It is the most important day for the worldwide Christians for centuries. It is celebrated three days after being killed, Jesus rose from the dead, it is also called ‘the Resurrection’ and beaten evil forever. The name Easter is believed to come from Eostara, the idol of rebirth. In early times it was celebrated as earth’s revival and rebirth. This day was the first time declared in 1647 by Charles I, who was the king of England.
Easter Sunday is celebrated as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, written in the New Testament of the Christian bible. Gospel of John told that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of Jesus and he saw it was empty and the angel told her that Jesus had risen. The date of Easter depends on the religious approximation of the March equinox. Easter date decided first time in 325CE by Council of Nicaea. It would be on the first Sunday after the full moon in the month of March. Therefore it is delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday, the likelihood of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover.
Churches start the Easter Sunday celebrations mostly at Midnight on Easter Day before with candles. Candles help Christians to remember that Jesus is the light of the world and that when he rose to life on Easter Day he got rid of the darkness of evil. Twelve candles are ignited first and then other rest of the church lighting made. Easter marches are held in some countries such as the Philippines and Spain. On this day Day is the end of Lent and means the end of some people’s fasting. It is a big day of joy and celebration for Christian believers.
Churches are filled with flowers on Easter Day. These represent new life. Priests wear their best, brightest robes in celebration. If a Church has a model of a tomb in it from Good Friday, it will be empty with the stone rolled away, as it was on the first Easter Day. Children receive Easter baskets of candies, snacks, and presents from their parents.
Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are the symbols of this day. The cross symbols and images of Jesus Christ, are also especially remembered on Easter Day.
Easter Sunday falls on a Sunday, which is a non-working day in most of the countries UK and the US. Most of the Government offices and schools are closed in countries where Sunday is a non-working day. Transport schedules may be limited to that of the working week, so travelers via public transport may need to check their schedules onward of time.