Easter (The Resurrection of Christ)
By: Tyler Briones, Jacob Hanley, and Bert Gyimesi
2015 Easter Date:
The Story Behind Easter
Easter, or Ostern in German is the day of Jesus’ resurrection. The story behind this holiday is that when Jesus claimed to be the King of the Jews and the Son of God, the people of Jerusalem became angry, and turned him over to the Roman government, who sentenced him to crucifixion. Christians believe that He could forgive their sins only if they believed that He died on the cross specifically for their forgiveness, and were genuinely sorry for their sins. On the third day after his crucifixion, the tomb Jesus was buried in was found empty. This is the reason that Easter is the most important Christian holiday, and why churches are most crowded on Easter. The earliest recorded observance of an Easter celebration came from the 2nd century even though the commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection probably occurred earlier. Saint Bede in the 8th century believed that Easter derived from Eostre or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and Fertility. Easter is also known as resurrection day in some christian churches.
Hard-boiled Easter eggs are painted in a variety of different colors, patterns, and symbols during this holiday. Before they were painted in varieties, Orthodox Christians painted them only in red to symbolize the blood Jesus lost during his crucifixion.
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