Could you please tell me the origin of Easter Day?
Easter is a Christian festival that celebrates the resurrection (rising from the dead) of Jesus Christ, Son of God. There are actually three other days celebrated in preparation for Easter as well: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem to celebrate a Jewish holiday called Passover. The people laid down palm leaves from palm trees to welcome him. Maundy Thursday honors the Last Supper, or the meal that Jesus had with his disciples after he learned he was going to die. Good Friday honors the day he was crucified and died on the cross. Finally, Easter Sunday celebrates the day he rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven.
What's the meaning of Easter Day?
When Jesus rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven, it was proof that he was divine – that he was indeed the Son of God. It was proof that all of his words were the Word of God, including his claim that the only way to God was through him. So for Christians, Easter is a celebration of Christ’s divinity and an affirmation of their faith. It celebrates the miracle of his resurrection and the prophecies of the Old Testament, which foretold the coming of a messiah.
Why do people choose eggs and rabbits to celebrate that festival?
It’s funny – the traditions of rabbits and eggs actually started before Christians began celebrating Easter. Pagans (nature worshippers) once celebrated the coming of spring by worshipping the goddess of spring, Eastre, who was represented by a rabbit. Eggs, throughout history, have been a symbol of new life. People gave each other eggs wrapped in foil or painted in bright colors to celebrate the rebirth of the earth.
What do people do and eat on that day？
Every family does Easter a little differently, so I’ll tell you about my family. We always get up at the crack of dawn on Easter morning for the Sunrise Service at our church. The Sunrise Service is only about an hour long, and includes the message of the gospel (the story of Jesus’s life) and lots of songs celebrating his resurrection. Then the entire church eats a big breakfast together, with eggs, sausage, doughnuts, pastries and coffee. In my church, the youth always planned the service and served the breakfast. Then we head home to find our Easter baskets, which are filled with all kinds of Easter candy. Soon after we get home, all of the family starts to arrive – my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Then we all sit down to a big meal together, which usually includes a smoked ham and cheesecake for dessert. After lunch, all of the parents run outside to hide around 100 Easter eggs in the yard. And when they finish hiding the eggs, all of the kids dash outside to find as many eggs as they can because each egg has either money or candy inside. We usually have a very light dinner on Easter Sunday…everyone is too full from all of the candy and cheesecake.