These days everyone talks about Easter week. So, What is this Easter?

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These days everyone talks about Easter week. So, What is this Easter?

-Salivan

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Hi Pasban - To me - Easter is primarily a Christian holiday based on the Biblical story of Jesus being crucified and put to death - on “Good Friday”(2 days ago) before his “Resurrection” today (Easter Sunday or Ascension Sunday) - But most western people see it also as the end of Winter and the coming of Spring.

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Salivan, Muslims believe that God pulled a magic switcheroo on the Jews and replaced Jesus with a lookalike whom they killed instead. (Of course, it wasn’t just Jews involved in the execution.)

Christians believe that Jesus was really killed and rose from the dead three days later. Then he walked the earth for 40 days before going to heaven. Holy Thursday commemorates the night on which Jesus was betrayed to the Roman soldiers and handed over for execution. The next day, Good Friday, commemorates the day Jesus was executed, and in Christian countries many workplaces are closed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to commemorate the time of day when he died. (Many people go to church during those hours, but people who are not religious just take that time off to go shopping or relax.) Nothing happens on the next day, Holy Saturday, and then Easter Sunday is the day that commemorates the day Jesus rose from the dead and left the tomb.

Easter is preceded by a 40-day period called Lent, during which seriously religious people fast or abstain from various things. For example, some of my friends eat no meat during Lent, and the Orthodox Christians and Byzantine Catholics are supposed to eat no meat or dairy products during that time.

In the early days of Christianity, since they didn’t know the exact date or day of the week various things in Jesus’s life occurred, they “Christianized” various pagan holidays, and a pagan holiday marking the start of spring was chosen to be replaced by Easter. (Christmas, for example, replaced the pagan holiday of the winter solstice.)

Nowadays Europe has gone back to a sort of paganism in which materialism and the state replace God, so to many Europeans (and some Americans), Easter has no religious meaning.

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Thank you Jamie.

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