Easter is celebrated every year. Actually Easter is the highest feast of Christianity. Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter wreaths, Easter bags, Easter eggs etc … you know all this, right? But what is behind it? Why do we celebrate Easter, interesting facts about the Easter story, the most important Easter customs, as well as the distinctive symbols for Easter can be discovered in this article.
Why are we celebrating Easter?
Easter – what is behind it?
We celebrate Easter because Easter in Christianity is the feast of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact that Easter is not fixed on a specific date is because Easter of the Western Church is oriented towards the Jewish Passover and moon phases. The resurrection happened according to the New Testament on the third day after Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. This resulted in the Holy Week with Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Easter as the highlight of Holy Week is the highest Christian feast. Here are a few names and main concepts around Easter.
Terms and symbols at a glance!
Holidays around Easter: meaning and customs!
Maundy Thursday: Maundy Thursday is also referred to as the High, Holy or White Thursday. Holy Thursday is the name of the day on which Jesus is said to have celebrated the Passover with his disciples. Today we know it as the Lord’s Supper. “The day of joy and sadness” symbolizes the union of Christ with the faithful. The “green” does not come from the color, but from the Old High German “greening, whining or crying”. Green is also used in the sense of being fresh, renewed and sinless.
Good Friday: Good Friday is the first day of the three-day Easter celebration in Christianity. On this day Christians are thinking of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The name of this holiday is derived from the Old High German term “kara” and used in the sense of “grief” and “lawsuit”.
Easter Sunday: With Easter Sunday, the festival culminates in Jesus’ remembrance. This is the highest biblical holiday. The significance of the festivities for Easter Sunday goes back to the day of the resurrection of Jesus after his ordeal and the painful death of the crucifixion.
Easter Fire: Easter Fire, also called the “Light of the World”, symbolizes the joy of the resurrection of Christ. The flames are attributed a renewing power. Easter fire symbolizes the end of winter.
Easter bunny: Easter bunny is considered a symbol of life, and nature awakening to Easter. Easter bunnies appear in many forms. Children and adults like to make sweet bunnies from napkins, paper, yarn, etc., and thus create a festive mood.
Easter customs: Well-known custom of the Sorbs in Saxonia and Brandenburg is the Osterreiten. For more than 500 years, people have been riding on festively decorated horses singing and praying across the land to proclaim the message of Christ’s resurrection. There are customs for Easter in all countries that celebrate Easter. And they are completely different from each other. An old custom in many countries across Europe is that children seek Easter eggs on Easter Sunday. Children believe that the Easter bunny hid colorful Easter eggs in the garden or in the house early in the morning, before the sun rose.
Easter customs …
Easter egg: This term refers to the colorfully colored and decorated Easter eggs, which are the focus of the festival. Actually, the Easter egg has become a real craft, and especially in Eastern Europe. Traditionally, the first Easter egg is dyed red. Red is the color of life and joy, symbolizing the blood of Christ.
Candles: By lighting candles, the resurrection is depicted.
In addition to the terms and symbols above, one should also mention the cross, the bread and the wine that symbolize the body of Christ.
Bread and wine!
Now the question again: why do we celebrate Easter? Easter is the oldest and most important season. Of course, apart from its religious significance, Easter is also a festival to greet spring. Easter holidays celebrate the whole family. Whether a party in the garden or between the four walls, is a matter of taste. Where will you celebrate Easter?
Why are we celebrating Easter?