INTRODUCTION• Did not become associated with the resurrection of Christ until the 2nd century. It most likely comes from the ancient Saxon spring festival called Ostern• Easter Sunday is a happy day for Christians where they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.• Christians believe, Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter.
WHEN IT IS CELEBRATED?Easter Sunday is celebrated on Sunday, three days after Good Friday It is moveable feast Western – use Gregorian calendar Eastern Orthodox – use Julian calendarEastern Christianity : Western Christianity :22nd March and 25th 4th April and 8th May April
HOW EASTER SUNDAY IS CELEBRATED? At church- Bell are rang- Decorated with white lilies- Color of church change to white or gold Easter Garden- A stone is placed across the mouth of a tomb before Easter, the rolled away on Easter morning.
Gather for sunrise service- Sunrise service is a worship service on Easter practiced by some Protestant churches- Christians gather together on Easter Sunday for sunrise service which takes place on a hill side so everyone can see the sun rise.- The service sometimes takes place outdoors, such as park, and the attenders are seated on outdoor chairs or benches
Easter Vigil- lighting a new fire outside the church early in the morning.- It also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter- It is a service held in traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.- Historically, it is during this service that people are baptized and that adult catechumens are received into full communion with the Church.
Easter Bunny- The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear.- Bunny are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.- The tradition stated that Easter bunny leaves Easter eggs on Easter Sunday.
Easter Eggs• symbol of Jesus resurrection• Likely linked to pagan tradition• the egg symbolized rebirth or renewal.• In some countries children in other countries decorate hard-boiled eggs at Easter time by painting or dyeing them.• Chocolate eggs are traditional gift during Easter Sunday
Czech Republic Lithuania Poland Poland Sweden Washington France RomaniaFoil-wrapped chocolate Easter egg with candies Basket of Easter Egg Pysanky Easter eggs.
ISLAMIC POINT OF VIEW• *4:157+ That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not• [4:158] Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise• [4:159] And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his death; and on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them