Millions gear up to celebrate Easter on Sunday
Millions of people following Christianity across the world are gearing up to celebrate Easter on Sunday. The same enthusiasm has also been seen among Christians in India, who are getting ready to celebrate Easter Sunday in the joyful memory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year the festival will be observed on 31st March. Easter marks resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.
Easter is the final day of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance for Jesus. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, which contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday , commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
While New York City is gearing for the annual Easter parade on Easter Sunday people are also busy coloring the hard-boiled eggs as an Easter celebration. In Christianity, eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus as it appears to be like the stone of a tomb. But a bird hatches from it with life to provide the message that the Easter egg for Christians that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.
People are also preparing for the Easter Vigil service as well as the family lunch and dinner. Christians celebrate Easter by attending the Easter vigil service, decorating and distributing Easter eggs to family members and having a family lunch and dinner together on Easter Sunday. Some people are also preparing for egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.