Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays. Catholics even consider it more important than Christmas Day. The Easter Feast is associated with the mystique of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Salvation of mankind from its sins. The Son of God died on the cross for us, the sinners, to atone for our misdeeds. He rose to eternal life and thus showed us the way that our souls rest in Heaven.
According to the Christian religion Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After he went to Jerusalem with his apostles, Christ began to preach in the temple, sending the merchants and traders away from there. This causes the hostility and animosity of the Jewish priests, scribes and chiefs, and especially that of the Pharisees. Two days later, one of his students, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to the Jews for 30 pieces of silver. Christ was captured and sentenced to death.
On Friday along with two thieves, he was taken by Roman soldiers and crucified on the Mount of Calvary in Jerusalem. After he died on the cross, he was buried in the family tomb of Joseph near Calvary. On Sunday there happened the resurrection of Christ. Mary Magdalene and the two myrrh-bearing women who wanted to see the body of Christ, found the tomb empty. After the resurrection, Christ appeared first to Mary Magdalene, and then to his students.
The week before Easter is called the Holy Week. It includes the days of Christ's suffering from his entry into Jerusalem for Passover until his death. This is the last week of Jesus's life. Each day is special:
- Easter Monday - Christ entered Jerusalem. He threw the merchants out of the temple and preached there.
- Great Tuesday - Jesus preached in the Temple again and uttered a prophecy about Jerusalem.
- Great Wednesday - Christ was visited by a penitent sinner. He had the Last Supper with His Apostles, where he revealed that one of them would betray him. Later Judah betrayed Him to the Jews.
- Maundy Thursday - Christ was held and sentenced to death, and the verdict was confirmed by Pontius Pilate.
- Good Friday - the day of the great suffering of Jesus Christ. His crucifixion and death.
- Holy Saturday - the funeral of Jesus Christ, our Savior by his mother Virgin Mary and other women. His tomb was sealed and guards kept it closed at the entrance.
In some Orthodox traditions each day of Holy Week is marked in a special way:
- The first three days are devoted to tidying the house. This ritual of cleaning is performed for health and purification.
- On Maundy Friday people start painting the Easter eggs.
- On Good Friday people are not doing any chores. This prohibition has long lost its meaning as a tribute to the death of Christ and has become a superstition that says that those who work on this day, will be chased by misfortune. The households, who have failed to paint the Easter eggs on Maundy Thursday, do it on Saturday. People go to church and pass under the table three times for health.
- On Holy Saturday the women visit the cemetery, and incense the tombs of their deceased relatives, give away painted eggs and bread for the souls of the dead. Usually on Saturday women knead and bake ritual Easter bread.
In conclusion, a curious fact about the celebration nowadays. On Easter 2013, a man decorated a tree nearby his house with 10 000 beautifully painted eggs. The tree looks awesome, see for yourselves!