Easter - Friday, April 12, 2024

Religious Christian Historical

Easter is the single most important holy day throughout Christianity.

It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ — a central belief for Christians worldwide and the focal point of their faith. Religious scholars believe the event occurred three days after the Romans crucified Jesus in roughly 30 AD. Christians therefore derive hope that they too will experience a resurrection in heaven.

Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21. For 2020, Easter is on April 12.

Christians observe Easter in ways both personal and universal. Let’s take a closer look.

Easter timeline

33 CE

Resurrection of Jesus

According to Christian theology, Jesus rises from the dead on the Sunday after his Friday crucifixion.

33 CE

Crucifixion of Jesus

Sentenced by Pontius Pilate, Jesus is crucified outside Jerusalem's city walls, most likely sometime between 30 and 33 CE.

28 CE

Ministry of Jesus

After being baptized by John, Jesus begins preaching in Galilee and recruits his disciples.


Birth of Jesus

Most scholars agree that Jesus was born somewhere between the years 6 and 4 BCE.

Three Facts About The Easter Holiday

  1. Christianity or the Easter egg?

    Eggs have long been considered a symbol for life and rebirth, and the act of coloring them predates Christianity.

  2. Spending the big bucks

    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend about $18 billion dollars on Easter.

  3. The Easter Bunny definitely visits the U.S.

    The National Confectioners Association reports that 2 out of every 3 American parents build Easter baskets for their kids.

How to Observe Easter

  1. Go to church

    For a lot of folks, Easter remains one of the few Sundays of the year on which they feel compelled to attend church services.

  2. Engage in prayer

    Regardless of a person's particular devotion or attention to their religious faith, prayer is often seen as a comfort — both for those praying and those for whom we pray.

  3. Hold an Easter egg hunt

    Easter is a day that is meant to be filled with gladness, so why not add some extra fun in the form of an egg hunt? The choice of dyed, hard-boiled, or colorful plastic eggs is totally up to you.

Why Easter is Important

  1. It's the holiest of holy days

    A tenet of Christian faith is that God sent his "only begotten Son" to be crucified for the sins of humanity. Debates over the historical veracity of Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection continue, but for most Christians, Easter is meaningless without a literal belief in the truth of this central story.

  2. It brings the family together

    Easter draws families together in the spirit of shared religious faith and celebration. It's a perfect time to catch up with loved ones we may not have seen in a long time.

  3. It's fun for the children

    For children, Easter has its own special significance beyond that of religious and familial duty. It's a day of sweets, treats, and play — not to mention the creation of colorful Easter eggs.

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