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Easter and Resurrection
The festival is referred to in English by a variety of different names including Easter Day, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day and Resurrection Sunday.
In his apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (" On the dignity and vocation of women ", part 67-69 ) dated 15 August 1988, Pope John Paul II dealt with the Easter events in relation to the women being present at the tomb after the Resurrection, in a section entitled ' First Witness of the Resurrection ': " The women are the first at the tomb.
It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, and the week in which Christians celebrate the mystery of their salvation through Christ's Death and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday .††† G. T. K 2. 4. 12
It is from these type of balconies that Corfiots throw botides, clay pots, to celebrate the Resurrection during Easter festivities
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Pentecost is one of the Orthodox Great Feasts and is considered to be the highest ranking Great Feast of the Lord, second in rank only to Easter / Resurrection Sunday / Passover.
In the Christian liturgical calendar there are two principal feasts, properly known as the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord ( Christmas ) and the Feast of the Resurrection, ( Easter ).
Under the two systems Easter did not generally coincide, and as such it would be matter of course for Christians following one system to be solemnly observing Lent while others were celebrating the feast of the Resurrection.
In Greece and Cyprus, lampáda ( Greek: λαμπάδα ) is the special name for the candle held by the faithful on the Easter service celebrating the Resurrection.
Easter Sunday, which immediately follows Holy Week, is the great feast day and apogee of the Christian liturgical year: on this day the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated.
Easter morning is marked with joyous celebration, the first being the dawn Salubong, wherein large statues of Jesus and Mary are brought in procession together to meet, imagining the first reunion of Jesus and his mother Mary after Jesus ' Resurrection.
The Monday after Easter the residents of Colonia Tovar attend the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Such sermons include John Wesley's 53 Standard Sermons, John Chrysostom's Homily on the Resurrection ( preached every Easter in Orthodox churches ) and Gregory Nazianzus ' homily " On the Theophany, or Birthday of Christ " ( preached every Christmas in Orthodox churches ).
Easter Day, written in Naples, was a passionate denial of the Resurrection and the fore-runner of the unfinished poem Dipsychus.
In the 2nd century, the Resurrection of Jesus became a separate feast as Easter and in the same century Epiphany began to be celebrated in the Churches of the East on January 6.
On Easter, the Liturgy of Resurrection takes place in the open, at midnight, the faithful bearing candles.
In the Roman rite, the gospel pericope of the Transfiguration is read on the second Sunday of Lent, whose liturgy emphasizes the role the Transfiguration had in comforting the Twelve Apostles, giving them a powerful proof of his divinity, and a prelude to the glory of the Resurrection on Easter and the eventual salvation of his followers in view of the seeming contradiction of his Crucifixion and death.
Many symbols of the old sun worship survived and were adapted to represent Easter and Christ's Resurrection.
Ash Wednesday is a moveable feast, which occurs on the fortieth day ( excluding Sundays ) before the Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord ( Easter Sunday ).
Of the Resurrection for Easter day.
Such sorrow is particularly bitterly endured on Holy Saturday after Jesus was placed on the Sepulcher ( before the Resurrection on Easter ).

Easter and Day
* Earliest day on which Ascension Day can fall, while June 3 is the latest ; celebrated 40 days after Easter ( Christianity ), and its related observances
* Earliest day on which Store Bededag or General Prayer Day can fall, while May 13 is the latest ; observed on the 4th Friday after Easter day.
From then on retail trade is only restricted on public holidays ( New Years Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Day of Prayer, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, Whit Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day ) and on Constitution Day, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve ( on New Year's Eve from 3 pm only ).
On Palm Sunday, 1084, Henry IV solemnly enthroned Clement at St. Peter ’ s Basilica and on Easter Day, Clement returned the favor and crowned Henry IV as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays: chocolate bunnies and eggs are popular on Easter, chocolate coins on Hanukkah, Santa Claus and other holiday symbols on Christmas, and chocolate hearts or chocolate in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine's Day.
Then, on Easter Day, young kids would duel with them saying ' Christ is resurrected, Indeed He is ', breaking and eating them.
In most Slavic languages, the name for Easter either means " Great Day " or " Great Night ".
On certain days of the year, such as Easter, May Day and Christmas, particular songs celebrate the yearly cycle.
Stilicho defeated Alaric at Pollentia, on the river Tanarus on Easter Day ( 6 April 402 ) Alaric retreated to Verona, where Stilicho attacked him again.

Easter and Christians
* Good Friday ( Christians ) – a Friday between March 20 and April 23, being the last Friday before Easter
Jesus ' death and resurrection are commemorated by Christians in all worship services, with special emphasis during Holy Week which includes Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Many of the population of the Western hemisphere could broadly be described as cultural Christians, due to the predominance of the Christian faith in Western culture, as well as widely celebrated religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas.
Though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life ; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.
The custom of the Easter egg originated amongst the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion.
Additional customs include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades, which are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians.
By the later 3rd century, however, some Christians began to express dissatisfaction with the custom of relying on the Jewish community to determine the date of Easter.
Two other objections that some Christians may have had to maintaining the custom of consulting the Jewish community in order to determine Easter are implied in Constantine's letter from the Council of Nicea to the absent bishops:
The Gregorian calculation of Easter was based on a method devised by the Calabrian doctor Aloysius Lilius ( or Lilio ) for adjusting the epacts of the moon, and has been adopted by almost all Western Christians and by Western countries who celebrate national holidays at Easter.
Christians were allowed to openly celebrate Christmas, Easter and other such festivals, and the Jesuits were even given an allowance and gifts to carry on with their work, with a few Indians converting to Christianity.
This book is one of the most widely-read among Orthodox Christians, especially during the season of Great Lent which immediately precedes Pascha ( Easter ).
On Easter Day 2007, it was estimated that many of the two billion Catholic, Anglican, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Christians who were sharing in the celebration of Easter would read, recite, or sing the short prayer in hundreds of languages.
For centuries, it has been the custom of many Christians to share dyed and painted eggs, particularly on Easter Sunday.
Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, the third day after Good Friday, the day of his crucifixion.
* April 19 – Easter for many Eastern Christians
Mainstream Christians held that Easter should be commemorated on the Sunday following 14 Nisan.
Great Lent, or the Great Fast, is the most important fasting season in the church year in Eastern Christianity, which prepares Christians for the greatest feast of the church year, Pascha ( Easter ).
Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ ( and, of the renewal of life in springtime ).
Among Orthodox Christians, Sunday is considered to be a " Little Pascha " ( Easter ), and because of the Paschal joy, the making of prostrations is forbidden, except in certain circumstances.
* Easter Sunday represents the resurrection of Christ for many Christians.

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