Happy Easter 2017: The Week of Easter - Holy Week

Good Friday 2017: The Week of Easter - Holy Week

Easter is a Christian religion holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the third day of his burial after crucifixion as described in Bible.
As per Christian faith the week of Easter (that is the week preceding Easter)  is referred to as “Holy Week”  consisting of Maundy Thursday ( Last Supper) and Good Friday (the Crucifixion).
As per events of Jesus life described in Bible, the date of crucifixion of Jesus is April 3 and the Year of crucifixion has been calculated to be 33 AD by comparing 

Good Friday 2017: When is Easter 2017?

Easter 2017 or Easter Sunday 2017 falls April 16.
Following are other important Easter 2017 dates
  • Palm Sunday 2017 – April 9
  • Good Friday 2017 -  April 14
  • Easter Saturday 2017 - April 15
  • Easter Sunday 2017 / Easter 2017 / Easter Day 2017- April 16
  • Easter Monday 2017 -  April 17
Good Friday 2017, which is on April 14 is a Bank Holiday and marks the start of Easter Long weekend

Good Friday 2017: Easter 2017 Holidays

Good Friday is the next bank holiday in the year after New Year’s Day.
And with Easter Monday also a bank holiday, it means a four-day long weekend.
The Easter holidays will be about two weeks for schools and colleges and these include the key Easter dates. These also mark the end of one term and the start of the next term

Good Friday 2017: Palm Sunday 2017

Palm Sunday is a Christian Moveable Feast which falls on the Sunday before Easter. Palm Sunday 2017 is on April 9. Palm Sunday is celebrated to commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. As per the Gospels, Jesus entered the Jerusalem riding a donkey and the people greeted him with Palm Branches

Good Friday 2017: Holy Wednesday 2017 – Spy Wednesday 2017

Holy Wednesday 2017 or Spy Wednesday 2017 falls on April 12. Holy Wednesday also referred to as Spy Wednesday is the Wednesday of the Holy Week or Easter week. It is followed by Maundy Thursday. Holy Wednesday is the commemoration of the sinful woman, Mary, who anointed Jesus before his Crucifixion. It’s also referred to as Spy Wednesday in reference to Judas intent to betray Jesus

Good Friday 2017: Maundy Thursday 2017 – The Day before Good Friday - The Last supper

Maundy Thursday 2017 falls on April 13. Maundy Thursday also referred to as Holy Thursday in the Christianity faith is the day before Good Friday and is the fifth day of Holy Week. Maundy Thursday is celebrated to commemorate the Jesus’ Last supper with his disciples.

Good Friday 2017: The Day of Crucifixion of Jesus

Good Friday 2017 falls on April 14.
Why do we celebrate Good Friday? Good Friday is celebrated to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death
According to Gospel, on this day Jesus was betrayed by Judas and was sentenced to death.
The date falls during Holy Week on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and sometimes coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover.
Good Friday 2017, which is on April 14 is a Bank Holiday and marks the start of Easter Long weekend

Good Friday 2017: How Good Friday is celebrated
As per Christian faith Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death as mentioned in the Christian bile. It is the day after Maundy Thursday.
  • Fasting and Praying
  • Watching Passion – Many communities hold Passion plays and re-enact the procession of the cross as in the ritual of the Stations of the Cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus’ life.
  • Prayers at 3 PM: Traditionally, Jesus died on the cross at this time. So many communities indulge in prayer during  this time

Good Friday 2017: Holy Saturday 2017

The day before Easter is called “Holy Saturday.” It is historically considered to be the day that Jesus lay in the tomb.

Good Friday 2017: Easter Sunday 2017 – Easter 2017 - Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Easter Sunday 2017 Falls on April 16. Easter also called Resurrection Sunday is celebrated to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion and burial.

Easter Sunday is celebrated with lots of joy and enthusiasm as it marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holy week ends with the Easter Sunday.

Good Friday 2017: Easter Traditions – Easter Eggs

Why do we have Easter Eggs or Chocolate Eggs during Easter?
Easter eggs or Paschal eggs are decorated eggs used as gifts during the season of Easter (Easter tide).
Eggs are symbol of new birth or new life, but in Christianity for the celebration of Easter egg symbolizes empty tomb of Jesus after resurrection.
The Christian custom of Easter eggs, started among the early Christians of Mesopotamia. They stained Easter eggs with the red color
In the earlier days pained and dyed chicken eggs were used, but with time these have been replaced by Chocolate Eggs wrapped in color foil or Plastic eggs filled with confectioneries such as chocolates.

It is believed that the first chocolate eggs were produced in 19th century in France and Germany. 

Good Friday 2017: Easter Traditions –Easter Bunny

Also called Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare is symbol of Easter and is mostly depicted as a rabbit bringing eggs.

Good Friday 2017: Easter Traditions – Egg Hunt

An egg hunt is a game in which the decorated eggs are hidden for children to find. When the hunt is over, prizes are given for the largest number of eggs collected.
Easter holiday celebrations are unique to those across the world due to their historical background.
Whether celebrated as the resurrection of Jesus Christ or a Easter bunny leaving behind chocolate and painted eggs, there are plenty of unique celebrations across the various nations to enjoy over the holiday weekend.

Why does Easter date keep changing?

If we know that Jesus died on April 3 and is resurrected on the third day after his burial then why does the Easter date keep changing?
Easter and its related holidays are referred to as “movable feast” which do not fall on a fixed (Gregorian or Julian) calendar dates which follow sun. Easter Date is determined by following moon calendar (Lunisolar calendar)
The events occurred in the last week of Jesus’ life, The “Holy Week” , which consists of Maundy Thursday ( Last Supper) and Good Friday (the Crucifixion) must fall in the right place in the lunisolar calendar

Easter is linked to Jewish Passover, Jewish holiday, celebrating their freedom from Egypt slavery. The Passover begins at full moon.

History of Easter Date computation

There was no agreement on the date of Easter until A group of bishops, The First Council of Nicaea convened in the Bithynian city of Nicaea in AD 325, established rules on how it should be figured out.
The details of the computation were not specified; but it was decided that the Easter Day or Easter Sunday must be on first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon. That is the first Sunday following the full moon at Passover the time of Last Supper that occurs on or soonest after 21 March.
But there is small catch here; the full moon referred to (Paschal full moon) is not an astronomical full moon, but the 14th day of a calendar lunar month.
This is Paschal Full Moon, and it can vary by up to two days from the actual full moon.

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