The Easter Bunny Won't Find any Eggs Here
Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian religion. With Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Christian Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after being sacrificed on the cross. In the centuries since Christ’s death many traditions have developed. In recent time, the traditions of Lenten Season have been some of the most revered of all Christian traditions.
This most important period of time in the Christian religion begins with Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts for the forty days preceding Easter Sunday. During this time, Christians prepare for Easter by fasting, observing moderation, repentance, and being spiritually disciplined. The reason for these actions is to take the opportunity to reflect on the life and sacrifices of Jesus Christ including his suffering, death, burial, and ultimately resurrection. Families and churches have incorporated different traditions to help celebrate and observe Lent. For example, some families don’t eat meat on Fridays to demonstrate discipline and fasting.
The forty day period of Lent ultimately ends with Holy Week. Holy week begins with Palm Sunday which is the Sunday prior to Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday represents Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem the week prior to being put to death and ultimate resurrection. In Jerusalem, the people celebrated the arrival of Jesus by throwing and waving palm fronds in front of him as he rode into the city.
Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is often a day of feasting as it commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with the disciples. It was on this evening that Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday is the day of Jesus’s death and is a day of Christian reflection over his sacrifice for his followers. Many people wonder about the irony of the title “Good Friday.” The entire Christian faith actually hinges on this day, because it is the moment in which God accepted the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ to supplant all of the sins for all people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Without “Good Friday,” Christians would not be forgiven for their sins. The core belief of the Christian religion is based on this concept.
Easter Sunday is the penultimate moment within the Christian religion.
After Christ’s death, he was placed in a tomb. A large stone was rolled into the opening of the tomb and a guard of soldiers was put into place to keep people out as well. On the third day after his execution, at dawn on Sunday, some women including: Mary Magdalen, Mary the mother of James, Joanna, and Salome went to anoint the body of Jesus Christ with traditional oils. When they entered the tomb, they discovered the body was missing. The searched the tomb, but to no avail. It was at that point that women left the tomb and began to spread the word that Christ had Risen.