Easter, one of the most important holidays in Christianity, celebrates the central event of the Christian faith: the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. This event is significant to Christians because, through his death and resurrection, Jesus suffered for the sins of the world, yet was able to overcome death.
Easter is observed on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox (the first day of spring). According to the Bible, the events of the crucifixion and resurrection occurred during the Jewish Passover, a springtime celebration.
Easter is preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance that begins on Ash Wednesday. The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. The week before Easter is called Holy Week.
During Holy Week, Christians observe Maundy Thursday, when the Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples took place; and Good Friday, the day of the crucifixion. The resurrection is then celebrated on Easter Sunday.
Children often participate in Easter egg hunts and look forward to visits from the Easter Bunny, who is said to deliver candy and eggs during the night. Eggs and rabbits were once used as fertility symbols during ancient springtime festivals, but now represent new life when associated with the Easter holiday.
See the article on Page 2 for more information about Bay Village’s Easter events. Happy Easter, everyone!