What is Easter ?
Timeline Leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Sunday, April 10, 30 AD - (a.k.a Palm Sunday) Jesus entered JerusalemTuesday, April 12, 30 AD - Jesus announces the date of his execution
Wednesday, April 13, AD - (a.k.a Ash Wednesday) christian festival
Thursday, April 14, 30 AD - (a.k.a Maundy Thursday) Is Jesus last supper
Friday, April 15, 30 AD - (a.k.a Good Friday) The arrest, trial, death and burial of Jesus
Sunday, April 17, 30 AD - (a.k.a Easter Sunday) The resurrection of Jesus
What Happens on Easter Sunday ?
Other Significant Easter Symbols
Hot Cross Buns
Hot crossed buns are usually eaten on good friday. The buns are topped with icing that mimics the cross in memory of Christ. These are more generally seen in the UK
The easter Lilly is white and represents the purity and ressurection of jesus crhist. The flower blooms from the earth in the spring and symbolizes new life.
The butterfly if very significant as it represents the life of Jesus. The lifecycle of the butterfly resembles the one of jesus. The first stage caterpillar (his life on earth), then cocoon (the crucification and burial of Christ), and lastly the butterfly (rising from the dead in a glorified body).
Hot Cross Buns
Frequently Asked Questions
- Jesus was put to death "in the flesh but made alive in the spirit". Essentially Jesus spent the entire time between his death and resurrection in a heavenly realm
What is the significance of Palm Sunday ?
- This day represents the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem. This day marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus' death.
What is the significance of Ash Wednesday ?
- It is a time for reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which christians can attain redepmtion for all sins .
Easter Around the World
Easter in Australia
In Australia, Easter is celebrated in the autumn season unlike other Northern hemisphere countries, where Easter falls in the springtime. The Easter meal with relatives is one of the most important traditions celebrated in Australia. This meal generally consists of roasted lamb, beef or chicken along with roasted vegetables like potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, etc.
Easter in France
Public life in France is generally quiet on Easter Sunday, post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Many people spend Easter Sunday with family members or friends and eat a grand meal. Roast lamb with spring beans along with freshly harvested vegetables or leaves, boiled eggs and omlettes are also very popular.
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