The Christian festival of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The spring festival has its roots in the Jewish Passover, which commemorates Israel's deliverance from the bondage of Egypt, and in the Christian reinterpretation of its meaning after the crucifixion of Jesus during the Passover of AD c.30 and the proclamation of his resurrection three days later.
Early Christians observed Easter on the same day as Passover (14-15 Nisan, a date governed by a lunar calendar). In the 2nd century, the Christian celebration was transferred to the Sunday following the 14-15 Nisan, if that day fell on a weekday. Originally, the Christian Easter was a unitive celebration, but in the 4th century Good Friday became a separate commemoration of the death of Christ, and Easter was thereafter devoted exclusively to the resurrection. According to the Venerable Bede, the name Easter is derived from the pagan spring festival of the Anglo- Saxon goddess Eostre, and many folk customs associated with Easter (for example, Easter eggs) are of pagan origin.
Christians make elaborate preparations to celebrate Easter which is the oldest of all Christian festivals. The festival marks the transition from night to day and from death to life. It symbolizes new beginnings and joys of the spring harvest season.
There are many symbols associated with Christian Easter Sunday such as eggs, rabbits, chicks, lilies, sunrise service and a new outfit of clothing. It is believed that Easter Eggs represent the beginning of life while rabbits and chicks represent the rebirth of the earth. Besides, the lily, specifically the White Lily, which is also known as the Easter Lily, is a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The very atmosphere turn joyous on Christmas and the mood of the people is upbeat. Churches are filled with flowers and there are special hymns and songs. People visit each other on the day and exchange pleasantries
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