Understanding Easter: What it is and How it’s Celebrated

Easter weekend is here and there is plenty of celebration around the Sunday holiday. Not everyone knows the meaning behind Easter, and bunnies and basket are at the top of many shopping lists. If you have question, don’t be concerned. There’s plenty of answers on what Easter is, tips for boiling eggs, where to eat brunch, what stores are closed, getting pictures with the Easter bunny and more.

When is Easter 2024? Easter is on Sunday, March 31, 2024, for most Christians, predominantly Catholics and Protestants, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. However, for Orthodox Christians, it falls on Sunday, May 5, according to Greek City Times. The dates differ because most Christians use the Gregorian calendar, originally introduced in 1582, while the Eastern Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendar, introduced in 45 BC.

Did you know that Easter isn’t always just celebrated with chocolate? Easter is marked very differently around the globe.

In 2024, Easter falls on Sunday, March 31, for most Christians. The date for Easter varies each year depending on the Gregorian calendar. Easter typically occurs between March 22 and April 25, falling on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.

Easter is a religious, Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death, according to the World History Encyclopedia. Jesus of Nazareth died from crucifixion under the orders of Roman magistrate Pontius Pilate on Good Friday. As recorded in all four Gospel accounts, when some of the women who’d followed Jesus to Calvary arrived at the tomb on Sunday morning, now recognized as Easter Sunday, to prepare the body for proper burial, the rock had been rolled away and the tomb was empty, according to Harvard University.

Easter is the Christian holiday that follows Good Friday, according to Easter is a celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead. The website explains the holy day marks Jesus’ victory over sin and death, as well as points ahead to a future resurrection for anyone who is united to Jesus by their faith (Romans 6:5).


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