Why Do Christians Celebrate Easter?

Curious What Easter Is All About?

Easter is all about celebrating when Jesus came back to life on the third day of his burial after being killed by crucifixion on Good Friday.

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Curious why some Christians celebrate Easter? Well, you’re certainly not alone.

As you might have noticed, I wrote that “some” Christians celebrate Easter — thus, the holy day’s alternate name (among Protestants) is Resurrection Sunday.

Because of Easter’s debatable pagan roots, some Christians refuse to reference the day marking Jesus’ resurrection from death as “Easter” although they certainly observe his resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection is viewed by many as the holiest of holy days.

Easter is all about celebrating when Jesus came back to life on the third day of his burial (see Luke 24). He was killed by crucifixion on Good Friday for allegedly threatening Roman rule by proclaiming himself king.

Although his bruised and bloodied body was put in a cave-like tomb, Jesus emerged from that tomb healthy and alive–to the shock of his own followers. Although it was pretty obvious to the disciples that Jesus was no ordinary man (even Peter confessed him as the Christ and Son of God), some of them just couldn’t believe the God-man they followed around for more than three years had come back from the dead.

Those disciples were eyewitnesses to the resurrection, along with others who the Bible describe as encountering Jesus. Christians today believe by faith, and the Bible, that they serve a living Savior and King as well.

To celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, some churches hold special sunrise services early in the morning on Resurrection Sunday. This year, sunrise is at 6:15 a.m. EDT.

Some churches even put on elaborate stage plays in re-enactment of Christ’s passion and to evangelize those in attendance. Easter, along with Christmas, likely sees the largest influx of visitors to churches all year round. These holiday visitors are often referred to as “Chreasters.”

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Church attendees often wear their “Sunday best” to Easter services, as it is a festive holy day. It is not uncommon in some churches to see women with large, colorful hats and men in just as colorful suits, ties and shoes. Some families have special meals after church, or organize egg rolls/hunts for children.

The next major Christian holy day comes 40 days after Easter/Resurrection Sunday. That holy day is Pentecost, which marks the visitation of the Holy Spirit and spiritual empowering of Christ’s followers.

Easter, Christmas or Pentecost — which holy day do think is the most important one?

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