New Life, Egg Hunts, Other Christian Beliefs and Celebrations About Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Lenten season, which commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. For 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Christians remember, reflect, repent and follow Jesus Christ's example. Lent reaches its zenith on the Holy Week, which will begin on Palm Sunday, April 9, and end on Black Saturday or Easter Eve, April 15.

While the Holy Week commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ, Easter Sunday celebrates his resurrection and ascension to Heaven. It's one of the most significant Christian festivities due to its importance to the Catholic Church.

The Easter Story and Why It's the Core of Christianity

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After Jesus Christ was crucified on Good Friday, his body was entombed in a cave. His family and followers secured his tomb with an enormous stone and guarded his burial site to make sure that nobody could steal his remains.

Two days later, several women visited his tomb. The stone blocking the cave's entrance was removed and his tomb was empty. Jesus Christ has risen from the dead three days after his death on the cross.

By making the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ took upon himself the penalties of sin. His death and resurrection granted eternal life to all who believe in Him.

Easter Traditions and Practices

Eucharistic Celebrations

Due to its significance to the Catholic Church, even casual Christians — or those who are not active churchgoers and participants — attend the Eucharistic celebrations on Easter Sunday. Some countries, especially those who are mostly made up of Catholics, declare Easter Sunday as an official government holiday.

Easter Egg Hunts

Colorful eggs and bunnies are common sights during Easter Sunday. In some countries, the egg represents Jesus Christ's empty tomb. Communities and households around the world hold Easter egg hunts in which adults conceal decorated eggs around an established location and have children find them. Most parents refer to the Easter bunny as the culprit behind the hidden eggs.

Easter Sunday is an important Catholic festivity. More than the parties and celebrations that come with this holiday, it's crucial that one reflects on the events that led to Jesus Christ's resurrection.

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