Easter is an important day in the Christian calendar and rightly so, as it is the festival celebrated to express the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and thereby spreading eternal faith to mankind on his teachings.
“It is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.” – Res
Easter is a festival that is celebrated with great fanfare because it signifies the most important event in the Christian calendar which is the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is believed and described in the New Testament that Jesus Christ was flogged, publicly humiliated and was even crucified by the Romans at Calvary c, 30 AD.
It is said that though the tomb of Jesus was sealed with a big boulder, after 3 days of his crucification a miracle happened. Jesus came back to life and was raised from the dead, and shed eternal light on the truth of his teachings and the belief that his followers had a life of eternity if they followed what he preached.
“Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross” – Res
It was with great jubilation that the Christians welcomed the resurrection of their Lord when he rose from his tomb and visited his followers; and it is with the same ecstasy that this festival is celebrated to this very day! Easter is also celebrated at the end of the 40 days of fasting of Lent and it is also considered as a kind of spiritual discipline of Christians to welcome this Resurrection Day or Easter.
Easter Around the World
This festival is celebrated in different hues and with different traditional flavors around the world but with a common bonding of happiness and joy. In Europe, huge and gigantic bonfires are lit on hilltops, whereas in England it is celebrated with more beauty with the exchange of Easter eggs, which are made with yummy chocolates and also with the exchange of clothes and Easter bonnets and baskets filled with daffodils and gifts. In France, however this festival is on a sombre note and they mourn the crucification of the Lord and the church bells are not rung for all three days.
Easter In India
In India Easter is an auspicious day and is celebrated with much gusto and there is nothing to beat the celebrations in Goa where colorful carnivals, plays, songs and dances are held. Colorful lanterns are exchanged and so are holy crosses after the church service is over. Lavish lunches, dinner and parties are also held to celebrate Easter. In Mumbai and Goa, worshippers attend special prayers and purchase beautifully decorated Easter eggs and Easter Bunnies and also exchange gifts.
Good News of Easter
During this period, Christians across the globe remember Jesus’ betrayal, suffering, death and consider the resurrection on Easter as Good news. Christians believe that Jesus died and resurrected for their sins and sanctification. They believe that wage of all those sins was death and Jesus paid this debt for them. Jesus wanted his followers to live a guilt free and god loving life.
“Jesus the Saviour laid down his life for us as he loved us unconditionally. All we have to do is share the Good News of the Messiah and love others as he loved us.”