Bishwa Nath Singh
After a forty day period of Lent that is associated with fasting and penance and the prolonged mourning of Good Friday, all of us especially Christians spread round the globe celebrate Easter with great joy and festivity. Easter is a day of rejoicing for all of us especially the Christians that falls on Sunday the 24th of April 2011 during this current year.
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Bishwa Nath Singh:
In olden days, eggs were formerly forbidden to be eaten during Lent, have been prominent now as symbols of new life and resurrection. In ancient Egypt and Persia friends exchanged decorated eggs at the spring equinox as they have always be...en symbols of creation, fertility and new-life, marking the beginning of the New Year. Even today on Easter day people gift each other brightly colored and decorated Easter eggs. For Christians of the Near East, the Easter egg represented the tomb from which Jesus broke forth. They were often colored red to symbolize the blood of Christ by which all believers were given a share in the new life of Christ. As part of the Easter festivities, Easter eggs are often hidden and left for the children to find. Easter is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Some Christians celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday), two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday. The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between AD 26 and 36, traditionally 33. Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. The week from Palm Sunday to Easter is known as Holy Week. Easter is taken as mark to the close of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance. Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips and Daffodils; and a time for chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs. Like most other festivals, it’s also a time for new clothes and family gatherings, and good food. Easter is being celebrated as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is believed to have been crucified the previous Friday, and rose from death on the third day, a Sunday and ascend to heaven. Easter is also a festival that brings hope to Christians reminding them that God is with them. The churches in the West observe Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox. Most Christians celebrate Easter by attending church service in the morning and then having a special lunch. Some of the celebrations of Easter have many customs and legends. However, it is believed that the Easter is thought to have come from the Scandinavian Ostra and the Teutonic Ostern or Eastre, both Goddesses of mythology signifying spring and fertility whose festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox. The goddess Eastre was worshipped through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. Likewise, the Easter egg too predates the Christian holiday of Easter as a symbol of fertility. The exchange of decorated eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Christians first celebrated Easter. From the olden age, the eggs were taken as symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Let us celebrate Easter tomorrow on the 24th of April 2011 with great festivity and fervor and resolve to be good and do well to others for cause of humanity without expecting anything in return from them!