Easter holidays are the most awaited days by devotees. This day usually doesn’t fall on a specific date every year and so it is called as a moveable feast. Easter is observed somewhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.
The most important and significant day in Christianity after Christmas is the Easter 2014.
|Good Friday||29 March||18 April|
|Easter Saturday||30 March||19 April|
|Easter Sunday||31 March||20 April|
Most Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate the Easter’s occurrence and celebrate it separately with no relation with the churches that celebrate Easter according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated along a 40-day period ending with the Easter Sunday.
This 40 day Easter holidays 2014 reflect the time that Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness before he started his ministry. Christians believe that this was the period when Jesus survived numerous acts of the evil.
Though the origins of the Easter holidays are still unknown, different people across the world perceive it in different forms and believe that the word was derived from several aspects.
The week that proceeds to the Easter 2014 is the holy week. Each day in this week holds great significance. Mardi gras or Fat Tuesday is the day devotees celebrate with delicious food as it is the day before the fasting starts. Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus Christ’s last supper, Good Friday honors Jesus’ crucifixion while Holy Saturday is perceived as the transitional day from crucifixion to resurrection.
The 50-day period after the Easter is named as Eastertide. This is significant enough as it includes the celebration of the Christ’s ascension to the heavens above.
Apart from religious significance, Easter 2014 have other significances as few eatables like chocolate Easter eggs, chocolate Easter Bunies and chocolate marshmallow chicks are available in the stores only during Easter.
Similar to Christmas, for several decades, numerous folk customs and pagan traditions that include Easter eggs, candies, baskets and bunnies have become standard, significant and special part of the Easter holidays.