The Resurrection of Jesus

By Harsha Pandaraboyina and Surya Mani

Easter will next occur on Sunday April 5th, 2015.

Religious Connections of Easter

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Christian Bible, Jesus was the son of God, The Messiah, and was believed to be the King of the Jews. He was crucified because of his refusal to submit to the authority of the High Priest. Also he came in conflict with the Temple authorities, who said that the laws given to Moses by God must be kept before God could have his kingdom on earth. All these events led up to him being handed over to the Roman authorities and being put to death as a threat to the state. Jesus was crucified on April 3rd, 33 A.D. His death was a great tragedy for Jews.

Did You Know?

Simnel cake is a rich fruit cake topped with eleven marzipan balls which represent the eleven disciples of Jesus who stayed faithful to him

Traditions, Practices, and Rituals of Easter

The Easter egg hunt: At this event kids hunt for eggs which are hidden by the mythological Easter Bunny(actually hidden by parents). The parents usually accompany the kids on their search. This is arguably one of the most famous traditions relating with Easter and this tradition is followed by many countries all over the world.

Decoration of the eggs: This ritual is just as important as the egg hunt. Eggs are decorated in bright and with natural colors. Apart from the usual chicken egg being used chocolate eggs are also popular.

Church service: Attending church is one of the oldest Easter traditions. After the Congregation brings in the candles in remembrance of the resurrection they sing in praise of Lord Jesus Christ. Church service can be short or up to six hours and is held at midnight, between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Easter feast: Lamb,chicken and beef are hot favorites of omnivores and for vegetarians veggies and fruit harvested in the spring season are common. Hot crossed buns which have spices and dried fruit can be seen in most feasts. A wide variety of cakes are also prepared.

Works Cited

Bowker, John. World Religions. New York: DK Pub., 1997. Print.

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