Happy Celebrations – “Come, Let’s Celebrate Easter!”

Happy Celebrations
Happy Celebrations!
Happy Celebrations - Come Let's celebrate Easter! by Lakshmi Ajoy
Happy Celebrations
Happy Celebrations!

Life is beyond death, fear, and apprehensions. Life is about living the moment. This season, as we come together to celebrate Easter Sunday, the day when the son of God, Lord Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead thus demonstrating to the world that life occurs irrespective of sacrifices and ends. The restoration of life proves that every end is a new beginning and that there exists the concept of life beyond what we deem as an end. The journey is of hope and revival. The expedition talks about the timeless eternities which sets an example of hope, love, and light beyond the existing hatred, wars, and blood-shedding. 

The all-pervasive nature of the Lord indicating mercy is one of the virtues that we must learn and grow up to. The lessons taught in this journey through the varied experiences are infinitely rejuvenating and filled with the traits of positivity, faith, kindness, generosity, humanity, forgiveness, and most importantly, Supreme unconditional Love. Easter is an acknowledgment of these traits. It is an acceptance of faith in the Divine Mercy. It is an example of following the righteous paths of mankind. 

The Lord has always taught us the lessons of mercy, grace, peace, and love. Despite the hatred received by those who nailed the Lord, it was His large-heartedness to set an example by being ever so merciful and kindly forgiving.

Easter is the principal festival of the Christian church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. The earliest recorded observance of an Easter celebration comes from the 2nd century, though the commemoration of Jesus’ Resurrection probably occurred earlier.  

In the Christian calendar, Easter follows Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter, which traditionally is observed by acts of penance and fasting. Easter is immediately preceded by Holy Week, which includes Maundy Thursday, the commemoration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples; Good Friday, the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, the transition between Crucifixion and Resurrection. 

Easter, like Christmas, has accumulated a great many traditions, some of which have little to do with the Christian celebration of the Resurrection but are rather, derived from folk customs. In antiquity, Christians placed lamb meat under the altar, had it blessed, and then ate it on Easter. Since the 12th century, the Lenten fast has ended on Easter with meals including eggs, ham, cheeses, bread, and sweets that have been blessed for the occasion.

The use of painted and decorated Easter eggs are known to have been recorded in the 13th century. The church prohibited the eating of eggs during Holy Week, but chickens continued to lay eggs during that week, and the notion of especially identifying those as “Holy Week” eggs brought about their decoration. The egg itself became a symbol of the Resurrection. Just as Jesus rose from the tomb, the egg symbolizes new life emerging from the eggshell.

On an ending note, it is imperative to know that Easter is celebrated by Christians as a joyous holiday because it represents the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament and the revelation of God’s salvific plan for all of humankind. In commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus, Easter also celebrates the defeat of death and the hope of salvation.

Happy Celebrations!

-Lakshmi Ajoy

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