A Holiday Worth Remembering

Staff Writer: Haley Roe-Deters

Most everyone knows what Easter is, however people celebrate it in their own ways. Easter was made for people to remember what it is that they believe in. This is a day that everyone can come together as one and be themselves. It is a main holiday for Christians, in which they come together to honor Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. “It is a day that everyone in my family wakes up early, goes to church, then spends the entire day together. We play games, we watch movies, it doesn’t matter what we do as long as we remember the day and celebrate it as one.” This is how freshman Madison Cornwells’ family spends this holiday.

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Typical eggs used on Easter. Picture Courtesy: Creative Commons

 

It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21.

Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.

The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is internationally the most widely used civil calendar. It is named for Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582. The Julian calendar is a calendar introduced by the authority of Julius Caesar in 46 BC, in which the year consisted of 365 days, every fourth year having 366 days. It was superseded by the Gregorian calendar though it is still used by some Orthodox Churches. Dates in the Julian calendar are sometimes designated “Old Style.”

Many countries of Europe, celebrate Easter by lighting giant bonfires on hilltops and in churchyards on Easter Eve. Easter in England is celebrated through the exchange of Easter Eggs and other gifts like clothes, chocolates or holidays packages. Easter bonnets or baskets are also made that have fillings like daffodils in them.

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Typical Easter basket. Picture Courtesy: Creative Commons

 

 

Semana Santa and Pascua (two separate observances) form a part of Easter celebrations in Mexico. Semana Santa stands for the entire Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday, whereas the Pascua is the observance of the period from the Resurrection Sunday to the following Saturday.

Easter is one of the most popular festivals across the United States. Though Easter has a religious background, it has assumed to have more of a secular character in the United States. These are just a few of the different places that celebrate Easter, and how they celebrate it. “My family comes over the Saturday before Easter. After the little kids go to bed we hide Easter eggs around the house. Easter morning we go to church then come back for an Easter egg hunt.” This is just one way senior Peyton Joiner reverences’ this holiday.

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