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The passionate celebration of Easter in every part of the world is a laudable affair. Know about part and parcel of Easter celebration and various related terms. More information from http://www.christmascarnivals.com//easter/

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  1. 1. What is Easter?Easter is a very important and also the oldestChristian festival. Celebrated all over theworld, Easter Commemorates the resurrection ofJesus Christ. For Christians, the dawn of EasterSunday with its message of new life is the highpoint of the Christian year.
  2. 2. Brief Story About Easter?Easter has been called a moveable feast because itdoesnt fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do.Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easteron the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernalequinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observedanywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculatewhen Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holidaya week or two after the Western churches, which followthe Gregorian calendar.
  3. 3. Where Does the Name EasterCome from?Pagan traditions give us the English word "Easter"which comes from the word "Eostre". The Anglo-Saxon word for April was "Eostre-monath" (themonth of openings). However, it should beremembered that Christians celebrated theresurrection of Christ long before the word"Easter" was used, and the word they used forthe celebration was "Pascha", which is derivedfrom and linked to the Jewish festival ofPassover.
  4. 4. Maundy ThursdayThe feast of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution ofthe Eucharist and is the oldest of theobservances peculiar to Holy Week.
  5. 5. Good FridayOn Good Friday Christians remember the day thatJesus was killed on the cross. Good Friday is asad day and churches never have flowers ordecorations on this day. The church is left darkand there is just a simple cross on the altar. It isknown as Good Friday because Christians believethat Jesus gave up his life for the good ofeveryone.
  6. 6. Easter Day?Easter is observed on a Sunday between March22 and April 25. The commonly stated rule, thatEaster Day is the first Sunday after the fullmoon that occurs next after the vernalequinox, is somewhat misleading because it is nota precise statement of the actual ecclesiasticalrules.
  7. 7. How the Day is Decided?• Easter must be on a Sunday;• This Sunday must follow the 14th day of thepaschal moon;• The paschal moon is that of which the 14th day(full moon) falls on or next follows the day of thevernal equinox;• The equinox is fixed in the calendar as March21.
  8. 8. Easter BunnyThe Easter Bunny or Easter Rabbit is a specialcharacter portrayed as a rabbit thatbrings Easter eggs. The Easter Bunny issometimes depicted withclothes. However, Theres no story in the Bibleabout a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature knownas the Easter Bunny.
  9. 9. Easter EggsEaster eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus.Springtime or Easter is celebrated with Eastereggs.
  10. 10. http://www.christmascarnivals.com//easter/