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Home > Article > Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
 
Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
 
 
Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death by crucifixion. Easter is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year.

On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion. His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave. The tomb was guarded and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no-one could steal the body.

On the next Sunday, some women visited the grave and found that the stone had been moved, and that the tomb was empty. Jesus Christ himself was seen that day, and for days afterwards by many people. His followers realized that God had raised Jesus from the dead.

The word ‘Easter’ was derived from Eostre, the ancient Greek goddess of spring. Eostre comes from the word ‘east’, which means dawn. But most other languages follow the Greek term used by the early Christians: pascha, from the Hebrew pesach which means ‘passover’.

Easter is more than just one Sunday. It consists of several other holy days, too. Forty days before Easter is Ash Wednesday. This begins the season of Lent, a 40-day (not counting Sundays) period of fasting, which ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. The week which lasts from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week. Good Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ, while Easter marks His resurrection
 
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