Easter is just around the corner since it falls on Sunday 16th of April this year. By the way, what is Easter? In case you wonder what Easter is and why do people celebrate Easter, you have come in the right place. Take a look at a short description below and learn some useful thing about Easter that you should know.
So what is Easter? Easter is the celebration that people have been doing for centuries to remind the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. After crucifixion, Jesus rose from his tomb on the third day which is known as Easter nowadays. Celebrating Easter is to remember that Jesus sacrificed himself for people’s sins.
Basically, Easter comes from the word east which is where the sun rises. Sunrise represents new day which means new life and new birth. Easter does not fall on fixed date in each year. The celebration of Easter based on lunisolar calendar which follow the cycle of the sun.
If you wonder why do people use a lot of eggs on Easter, here is why. Back then, eggs are believed to be the symbol of life by many ancient cultures like Egyptians, Persians, Hindus, and Phoenicians. Therefore, giving eggs on Easter is the celebration of new life, the life without sins. The colors of Easter eggs began centuries ago when dyed eggs red to represent joy, and in memory of Christ’s blood.
And what about Easter Bunny or Easter Hare? There were believers who saw rabbits come out of their burrow underground which is just like Jesus comes out of the tomb. Also, hare or rabbit is the symbol for the moon while the date of Easter depends on the moon. Maybe this is also the reason why rabbits play part in Easter celebrations.
I hope this is helpful, enjoy your holidays and happy Easter to everyone!