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Easter is a Christian holiday and a popular festival. Easter celebrates the returning of Jesus Crist from the dead which happened on the third day after his burial. According to the belief of Christians, it is the holiest day of the year. Easter is also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday. Easter 2021 is approaching and people are early looking for this popular festival. 

 

We all know that the Easter date can be irregular depending on two astronomical events, which are, the spring equinox and the full moon. Therefore the easiest way to remember this pattern is to memorize that the Easter festival falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

 

 

When is easter 2021?

Easter 2021 will be celebrated on Sunday, 4 April.

 

Greek Easter

Easter remains one of the most sacred observances In the Greek Orthodox faith. And an important part of modern Greek life that still clings to the culture are the preparations and customs, including traditional foods and large feasts. Between Palm Sunday and Easter, towards the end of Holy Week, the preparations for Greek Easter come to a climax. There are several traditions that are observed by everyone, apart from other regional customs.

 

Greek Easter 2021 will be celebrated on 2nd May, Sunday.

 

What is Holy Thursday?

On Holy (or Great) Thursday, Easter preparations begin. Tsoureki which is the famous traditional Easter bread is baked and eggs are dyed red as a symbol of Jesus Christ's blood. Red eggs, a symbol of the renewal of life carries the message of victory over death, since ancient times.

 

Superstitions that slowly turned into customs included the placing of the first red egg at the home's iconostasis which is the place where icons are displayed, to ward off evil. Heads and backs of small lambs were marked with red dye to protect them. Church services include a symbolic representation of the crucifixion on the evening of Holy Thursday marking the period of mourning.  Women of many cities and villages will sit in the church throughout the night in traditional mourning.

 

What is Holy Friday?

Holy (or Great) Friday is considered the holiest day of the week and is observed as a day of mourning and not one of work. It also happens to be the only day of the year when the Divine Liturgy is not read; additionally, flags are hung at half-mast and church bells ring all day in a slow, mournful tone.

 

On Holy Friday many devotees do not cook; but in case they do, it's only the traditional foods that are to be boiled in water (not oil) and seasoned with vinegar. Another common preparation is beans or thin soups like tahinosoupa (a soup made with tahini). 

 

Women and children carry flowers to the church, to decorate the Epitaphio which is the symbolic bier of Christ. Service of Lamentation is observed for the day, mourning the death of Christ.

 

The bier is carried on the shoulders of the faithful in a procession, decorated lavishly with flowers and bearing the image of Christ, it runs through the community to the cemetery and back. Members of the congregation carrying candles follow.

 

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What is Holy Saturday?

The Eternal Flame is brought to Greece by a military jet on the Holy (or Great) Saturday. And then it is distributed to waiting priests who carry it to their local churches. The entire country agonizes, if there's a threat of bad weather or a delay until the flame arrives safely and the event is always televised.

 

Preparations begin for the next day’s Easter feast on the morning of Holy Saturday. The courses that can be made early are prepared. There is also the preparation of traditional mayiritsa soup, which is made out of the organs and intestines of the lamb that will be roasted; it is to be procured after the midnight service. 

 

The occasion of the midnight Service of the Resurrection is attended by everyone who is able, including children. Every person holds a white candle for this service.

 

Labatha (lah-BAH-thah) are special candles that are made for Easter; often gifted to children as gifts from their parents or Godparents. Though the candle itself is typically white, it can be lavishly decorated with children’s favorite heroes or storybook characters. The candles are as tall as three feet.

 

The crowds get so big that the churches overflow as anticipation mounts. All lights are extinguished. Just before midnight, churches are lit up by the Eternal Flame on the altar.

 

A strike of midnight, the Priest calls out "Christos Anesti" pronounced as khree-STOHSS ah-NES-tee, meaning "Christ is risen" and passes on the flame (the light of the Resurrection) to those nearest to him. And then the flame is passed from person to person and soon the entire church and the courtyard glows with flickering candlelight.

 

The ambiance of the night is filled with the Byzantine Chant of "Christos Anesti," and the "fili tis Agapis" ("kiss of Agape"). As a sign of wishing one another well, friends and neighbors exchange "Christos Anesti" and in response, they will say "Alithos Anesti" pronounced as "ah-lee-THOHSS ah-NES-tee", meaning "truly, He is risen" or "Alithinos o Kyrios" pronounced as "ah-lee-thee-NOHSS o KEE-ree-yohss", meaning "truth is the Lord" .

 

There's a custom for church bells to ring joyously non-stop as soon as "Christos Anesti" is called out. Floodlights are lit on large buildings, even the ships in ports all over Greece join in by blowing their horns,  and large and small displays of fireworks and noisemakers are set off.

 

 

What Is The Traditional Meal Of Greek Easter

Carrying the Eternal Flame home to use it to make the sign of the cross in smoke on the door frame is one such customary tradition to follow. As a symbol that the light of the Resurrection has blessed the home, the smoke cross is left there throughout the year.

 

Icon candelabra is lit up using the candles and also the candles are put on the table for the midnight meal. The entire scene of hundreds of candle flames being taken from churches to homes on that night is indeed beautiful.

 

Once everyone is home, the family gathers around the table to break the fast with a traditional meal which includes the mayiritsa soup, tsoureki (sweet bread), and red eggs, which were prepared earlier. Before the eggs are eaten, there's a traditional challenge called tsougrisma where you hold your egg, you tap the end against the end of your opponent's egg, trying to crack it. 

 

The game is enjoyed by people of any age group, whether children or adults. As the game continues till the next day, eggs are often made in very large quantities to enjoy with more friends and family.

 

What is Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday the main focus is on traditional Greek Easter foods. Around the dawn or earlier, the spits are set up to work and grills are fired up. The whole roasted lamb or goat (kid) is the customary main attraction to represent the Lamb of God. Although many prefer oven and stovetop lamb or kid dishes.

 

While watching the lamb cook on the spit, appetizers, such as Greek olives and tzatziki (a cucumber yogurt dip), are served for guests to enjoy. Traditional accompaniments and all the trimmings, such as patates fournou (potatoes roasted with citrus and oregano) and spanakotyropita (spinach and cheese pie) take up the entire space in the oven.

 

Drinks flow freely, including Ouza and other Greek wines. Even before the eating begins, preparations for the meal turn into festive celebrations. The time taken to prepare the meal is a lengthy affair. Sometimes lasting long into the night, even up to four hours.

 

What is Easter Monday?

Easter Monday is a day to take things slowly and is considered a national holiday. It is a more casual and laid back sort of day. and is filled with delicious leftovers and some time to relax after all the glorious celebrations.

 

What does Easter mean?

Easter Meaning - a religious festival of the Christians which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

 

The term and it’s derivation- There are different theories and assumptions regarding the arrival of the term Easter. Some believe that the word Easter has been derived from th German word Ostern. There was another perspective being expounded by the Venerable Bede during the 8th century that the name Easter was derived from Eostre or Eostrae, which was the name of the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. This theory presumes that the Christians appropriated pagan names and holidays for their highest festivals. However, now, there is another consensus doing the rounds that the word has been derived from the Christian designation of Easter week, albis, which is a Latin phrase that depicted the plural of alba (dawn) which modified into eostarum in Old High German, the antecedent of the modern German and English term. The root for Pâques, the French word for Easter, is derived from Pascha meaning Passover in Latin and Greek. Hence, we can conclude here that 

 

Eggs On Easter Meaning

The custom of Easter eggs is related to the pagan traditions where the egg symbolizes new life in different celebrations during spring. However, eggs on Easter meaning is supposed to represent the resurrection of Jesus, in Christianity.

 

How is Easter celebrated

Easter traditions all around the world range from Easter eggs to chocolate bunnies, having traditional meals with family and friends to bringing back candles from the church back to one's own home. The Easter festival is one of the major holidays for Christians all over the world. But despite the common concept of the celebration, which is Jesus Christ rising from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion, not every country celebrates it in the same process or in a similar tradition. Here are a few countries and how they celebrate Easter according to their cultural or religious beliefs. 

 

Spain

In Spain, Easter is celebrated for an entire week and is known as Semana Santa or Holy Week. Several processions take place all around the week, organized by cofradías or ‘brotherhoods’, where the crucifixion of Christ is re-enacted.

 

The traditions of this festival date back to the middle ages and it is one of the most grand celebrations of the world. In the city of Seville one of the largest celebrations takes place. Around 50 different ‘cofradías’ come together and parade through the streets.

 

France

France, having a strong Catholic history, considers Easter to be an extremely important religious celebration. Even though many of the Easter traditions are similar to those observed elsewhere, one of the most significant ones particular to France is that of the Flying Bells. 

 

All church bells go silent from Monday to Thursday, which are the days before Good Friday and it remains silent until Easter Sunday. The story that goes around with this tradition is that the bells fly off to the Vatican carrying the grief of the mourners with them and when they return, they bring chocolates and other treats with them.

 

Germany

One particular tradition which originated from Germany is that of the Osterhase or Easter Hare; which although is being followed by many other countries and people across the globe, the Osterhase is now represented as a rabbit instead of a hare.

 

Another common tradition followed here is that of Easter egg hunts. This particular tradition is enjoyed by the children. Hundreds of colorful Easter Eggs can be found displayed on trees or on the streets as a part of decorations. A church vigil is held, after the sunset on Saturday and before the Sunrise on Sunday.

 

United Kingdom

Church services are held on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom. Children are handed chocolate Easter eggs. The custom of egg rolling is still observed In certain towns. Hard-boiled eggs are rolled down a hill, in this custom, to see which one goes the furthest. This is done as a reference to the stone of Jesus’ tomb.

 

Another popular tradition followed in the UK is that of eating of hot cross buns. Originated in England, these are sweet buns that contain raisins or currants, with a cross on the top, symbolizing Christ’s crucifixion.

 

Other Countries

Many other countries across the globe celebrate Easter following their own distinctive traditions and customs. Easter celebration in the US is quite similar to that of the UK, other than one particular tradition where the President of the country takes part in an Easter Egg Roll right on the lawn of the White House.

 

In Hungary, one such peculiar tradition that is followed is known as "sprinkling" which is when men sprinkle water or perfume on women and asks them for a kiss.

 

Concurrently, in Brazil, there is a tradition of making a straw model of Judas Iscariot, who is believed to have betrayed Jesus, and beat it up.

 

Lastly, in Sweden, traditions of celebrating Easter have a lot in common with the celebration of Halloween. Children are witnessed to dress up and go door-to-door, to exchange drawings or paintings they made with sweets or chocolates.

 

History of Easter












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Easter is basically the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after being crucified. The resurrection of Jesus is considered an essential part in Christianity, as according to the New Testament of the Bible, this is where the foundation of Christian religions have been laid. 

 

To abide by the New Testament, we see that Jesus was arrested by the Roman authorities when he claimed to be the ‘son of God’. He was sentenced to death by crucifixion by the Roman prefect, in the province of Judea, Pontius Pilate. Death of Jesus is marked by the Christian holiday Good Friday (which is the Friday just before Easter) and following his resurrection three days later which is when Easter is celebrated.

The History Of Easter Bunny

The history of Easter Bunny tradition is unknown. However, some historians believe it to have been derived from the German immigrants from America in the 1700s. Rabbits in many cultures are symbolized as enthusiastic 

procreators. Hence, the arrival of baby bunnies in springtime meadows is associated with birth and renewal. In some places, on Easter Sunday morning, it is believed that the Easter Bunny delivers candy and chocolate eggs in Easter baskets to children.

 

 

Easter Wishes

 

There's no better time to spend a few moments with Have a blessed one!

 

On this hopeful time of the year, and I wish you and your family the warmest Easter.

 

Hope you enjoy your Easter, and be blessed with joy this upcoming year.

 

Wishing you an entire season filled with joy, peace, and beautiful memories. Have a happy Easter!

 

Wishing you and all your family members a very happy Easter. Hope you have a wonderful celebration filled with laughter and homemade treats with your friends and family!

 

Hope you spend your Easter with all your cherished people and have the time of your life!

 

During this hopeful time of year, I wish you and your family a happy Easter filled with laughter and joy!

 

Wishing you nothing but smiles, love, and loads of sweet treats this auspicious occasion of Easter.

 

Hope you get to enjoy this day swarmed by friends, family, and plenty of good conversations!

 

 

Happy Easter

 

May your heart be filled with gratitude for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made. Hope it paves the path with the courage to do the right thing and appreciate recovery and dance with joy. Happy Easter!

 

Joining you to rejoice in the Atonement and feeling extremely grateful for Christ’s big heart and love for people. I pray on this season of Easter, you are showered with harmony, love, and peace. Happy Easter!

 

Christ has risen! Let us be grateful for His strong faith in humanity and immense strength to stand up for what he believed in. Happy Easter, my love!

 

Easter blessings to you and your family! Hope this holiday season brings sheer happiness and love in all of your life. Let's remember Jesus’ great deed and choose to be nothing but grateful this day. Happy Easter!

 

Let's join in to praise Jesus for His selflessness and endless love for humanity. May this glorious celebration of Easter warm your heart and bring peace and happiness to your family. Happy Easter!

 

May the miracle of Christ’s resurrection fill our hearts with nothing but gratitude on this day. Happy Easter!

 

 

Easter Activities

 

Activities To Enjoy During Easter

Virtual Spring Bingo

Chubby Bunny

Virtual Easter Scavenger Hunt

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Decorating Easter Eggs

Egg And Spoon Race

Jelly Bean Guessing Games

Reading Easter And Spring Children's Book

Decorating An Easter Egg Tree

 

Easter Quotes

 

"Blessed are those who have not seen and have yet believed." – John 20:29

"If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave but it won't stay there." – Clarence W. Hall

"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life." – S.D. Gordon

"The Easter eggs symbolize our ability to break out of the hardened, protective shell we've surrounded ourselves with that limits our thoughts and beliefs. As we break open our hearts and minds we discover a transformation to new, life-enhancing thoughts and beliefs." – Siobhan Shaw

"'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees filled all the air with fragrance and with joy." – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The great gift of Easter is hope." – Basil Hume

"Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life." – Janine di Giovanni

 

 

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