Easter (Christianity)

On April 23, 2011

Easter is the central religious feast in the Christian calendar year. According to Christian scripture, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. The date on which Easter falls differs each year. Both Western and Orthodox churches calculate Easter by different methods, often resulting in the observance taking place on slightly different dates. On occasion the dates coincide.

On the Friday just prior to Easter Sunday, known as Good Friday, the death of Jesus on the cross is observed. Easter Sunday, three days later, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the resurrection is the basis of Christian theology and doctrine, there are a number of related key dates in the lead up to it that are observed. Both Western and Orthodox churches observe Lent, 40 days of spiritual preparation, which was traditionally a time of fasting. Again, the times for observing Lent are slightly different for the two traditions.

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