By Angela Bekiaris
Easter Sunday is the day Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified one the Friday before. Centuries ago in 325, it was determined by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to commemorate the happy occasion.
His resurrection symbolises the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The meaning of Easter also symbolises the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if he had not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher or Rabbi.
The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth, and today the meaning of Easter is that of honouring and recognising Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
Did You Know?
Because the Orthodox Easter is based the Julian calendar, which often differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries, this year, while most Christians are celebrating Easter today, those of Orthodox religion are enjoy their Palm Sunday and will celebrate Easter next weekend.
6 Fun Easter Facts
1. The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011 — it was taller than a giraffe at 10.39 metres in height and 7 200kg in weight.
2. The Easter Bunny tradition originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare. Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.
3. The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.
4. The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to a springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.
5. In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.
6. 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.