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Spotlight on Religious Holiday: Christian Easter March 31, 2013

Today is Easter, and it’s time to welcome the Easter bunny! Most of you probably eat chocolate rabbits and jelly beans on Easter,  but do you know the religious background to it? Do you know why some people complain about Easter, even if they get a ton of candy, because they have to go to church for two or more hours on Saturday night or Sunday and about an hour and a half on the Friday before?

In the Christian religion and all of its branches, Easter is the most holy day of the year.  You probably know about Jesus and God from just living. They’re also the reasons why we celebrate Christmas and everyone looks forward to that.

Easter is when Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, after he was crucified to save us from our sins. It’s the last day of Holy Week, where Christians celebrate The Last Supper, where Jesus gave his body and blood to his followers and celebrated the first mass, Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified, and Easter Sunday, when Jesus was found to be gone from his tomb and alive again.

For Christians, Easter represents hope, a long journey, and miracles. It also shows them that God has the ability to do anything.

So where did the Easter Bunny and colored eggs and chocolate and peeps come from? Where did hunting for Easter eggs and candy evolve from? I have no idea, but it’s a nice way to celebrate what some people think is the most holy day of the year, don’t you think?


2 Responses to “Spotlight on Religious Holiday: Christian Easter”

  1. Kat Says:

    *meep!* I’m so sorry, I feel like a total wet blanket 😦
    Not all Christains celebrate Easter. The Christian celebration of Easter originated from the Catholic tradition to do so, (though Catholics are christian).
    The eggs evolved from the birth of a chick beings a sign of new life, such as the Resurrection is. Candy? I have no clue.
    **Disclaimer: Church on Friday is OPTIONAL, but it IS the Veneration of the Cross and one of the most reverent celebrations. Saturday is an hour to three hours for Catholics because it’s the time of initiation, Confirmation, Baptism, etc.
    I’m Catholic, BTW…

    • Mary Says:

      I wrote that in a period of about five minutes on Easter day, and since I’m Catholic, as well, I didn’t feel like doing any research.
      Whooooops. XD

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