EASTER - CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL
Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus
Christ, as it is told in the Bible. This holy day celebrates
the triumph of life over death.
Historically, the resurrection of Christ occurred at
the time of the Jewish feast of Passover (called "Pesach"
in Hebrew). In the early years of Christianity, Jewish
Christians observed resurrection and Passover together
on the 14th day of Nisan, the Jewish month roughly corresponding
with April. However, Gentile Christians celebrated the
resurrection every Sunday with a special emphasis on
the Sunday closest to Nisan 14. To settle this difference,
at the Nicene Council in 325 A.D., churchmen fixed the
date of Easter on the first Sunday following the Paschal
full moon. This is the first full moon after the vernal
equinox, March 21. This system is still followed today.
Therefore, Easter Sunday moves between March 22 and
The term "Easter" was first used when Christianity was
introduced by the Saxons. Prior to this time the Saxons
had held an annual feast in honor of the ancient Teutonic
goddess of spring, Eostre. The name was transferred
to the Christian observance of Christ's resurrection.
Easter is universally a joyous, happy day.