Significance of Easter 2019
Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a religious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and is celebrated by Christians throughout the world.
History of Easter
The history of Easter 2019 is founded in the New Testament of the Bible. As the scriptures state, the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God. This is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness.
As opposed to one single day of observance, Easter is an entire season. This is based on the Christian calendar commencing with Lent (a 40 day period). The period ends with Easter Sunday. Easter 2019 is related to the Passover and Exodus from Egypt. These events are recorded in the Old Testament through the Last Supper, sufferings, and crucifixion of Jesus. These three events preceded the resurrection. According to the New Testament, Jesus gave the Passover meal a new meaning, i.e., the Last Supper. He prepared himself and his disciples for his death through crucifixion via the Last Supper.
Easter joins two important events. The first being deeply sad and dramatic while the other is just the opposite. The first one is the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. After death his body was placed in the borrowed tomb of a friend. The second is the fact He miraculously resurrected from death three days later. This miracle of life brought happiness and joy to millions. Resurrection is a triumph of life and even more astonishing than the miracle of his birth.
Oestre or Eastre
The name of the holiday, Easter, is founded from the name for a medieval Saxon goddess. This goddess was known by the names of Oestre or Eastre. She is a goddess of the dawn and the spring. Her name derives from words for dawn, the shining light arising from the east. Therefore, similar significance is found in the rising of Jesus Christ.
Traditions of Easter
Every nation has its own way of celebrating Easter. Some of its traditions are likely linked to pagan traditions. Some of the cultures have become commercial symbols for the holiday. In the United States of America, Easter is marked with several cultural events. Namely sunrise church services, a big celebratory dinner or lunch on Easter Sunday. Finally, the decorating of Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts and Easter Parades.