Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Sunday significance and features

The festival of Easter is considered to be the holiest festival of the Christian community. It marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion (that day is marked as Good Friday) and is a joyous celebration to mark the day of Christ's return. Churches and chapels are decorated with Easter lilies and buntings. Happy organ music is played and joyous hymns are sung.

An important feature of the Easter celebrations in a Church is the Paschal candle. This is a very special candle on which the cross is etched. It is lighted on Easter and kept alight continuously for 7 weeks - this period is known as the "Great Fifty Days" and this entire period is considered to be the season of Easter (and not just Easter Sunday).

One of the lovely aspects of Easter is the traditional Easter egg, the eggs considered to be a symbol of Christ's resurrection. In the way Christ arose from the confines of the tomb, so also the yolk comes out when the egg is cracked. Read more: Easter Eggs

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