The Christian feast of Easter

CHRISTIANS believe that the holy Prophet Jesus Christ died on the cross, was resurrected and ascended into Heaven. Easter, celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. The origin of the word Easter is uncertain. In the 8th century, the venerable Bede proposed that the word was derived from the Anglo Saxon word EOSTRE, which means spring. Easter is celebrated in spring. It falls within a thirty five day period, between March 22nd and April 25th.
The central theme of Easter is the celebration of the ascension of Jesus Christ, into Heaven. Easter is envisioned not much as a commemoration of a past event but also as a manifestation of Jesus’ death and resurrection to a new life shared by those who believe in him. PASCHAL is another word for Easter. It is derived from the Hebrew word PESACH meaning Passover.
Christians celebrate Easter Sunday by praying in church. Later, partak-ing in the family lunch and visiting friends in the evening. On this occa-sion Easter eggs are widely bought and presented to friends.
Many customs have become associated with Easter at different times, and places. The origin of some customs and their association with Easter are not always easily determined. Some customs may be adaptations with spring festivals or local folk love. Eggs, for example, are central variety of Easter customs. A number of explanations have been suggested for the Easter Egg!
Formally, eggs were forbidden during the days of fasting, which pre-ceeded the feast of Easter. Hence decorated eggs would symbolize the end of the penitential season of fasting and the beginning of a joyful celebra-tion. Likewise, eggs could symbolize new life because Easter is celebrated during spring and spring means new life. Moreover much before Christ, people gave one another eggs as spring time gift-sign of new life returning to earth.
Again, associated with Easter is the flower popularly known as Easter lily. The rabbit, and a chick coming out of an egg is popular love during Easter. Thus throughout the customs associated with Easter, there is a blending or interplay of symbols of spring.
During the feast of Easter, a Christian reaffirms his basic faith in Prophet Jesus Christ. It may be mentioned here that in the Pacific Ocean, near south America, there is an island which was known as RUPA NOI. In 1877 a Dutch Navigator discussed the island on an Easter Sunday and hence he named the island as Easter Island—a name which exists even today.
— Lawrence Pinto

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