Easter is a Christian festival that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which established Jesus as “The Son of God”. According to the New Testament. It happened in the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary 30 AD.
Christians start with a 40 days period of fasting, prayer, and sacrifice. They end with a Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ death is observed), and Easter Sunday. Easter had to be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox according to the decision of the council.
In the Old Testament, Easter is linked to Passover through the following events of the resurrection including Sufferings, Last Supper, and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Easter’s date is determined according to the Lunisolar calendar so Easter is the third Sunday in the Paschal lunar month.
The History of The Resurrection of Jesus
According to Christianity, the Roman authorities arrested Jesus for claiming that he is “the Son of God” and decided to send him to death through crucifixion by Pontius Pilate. This incident is marked for Christians as “Holiday Good Friday”. After three days, they found the tomb empty and those who believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection are given “the gift of eternal life”. People with faith will be welcomed into the “Heaven Kingdom” upon their earthly death.
What Does Easter Mean?
The Venerable Bede, who was the 18th-century monk suggested that the word Easter might have come from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre or Eostre, the goddess of fertility. There is also another meaning of the word Ostara or easter, which mean “the season of the growing sun”.
Easter Customs and Traditions
The customs of Easter vary between Christians and these customs include sunrise services, decorating Easter eggs, which refer to the empty tomb, clipping the church, and there are also other additional customs including the Easter bunny, egg hunting, and Easter parades.
What is The Relation Between Easter and A Bunny?
It is all about pagan beliefs and celebrations. The reason behind using rabbits as symbols in Easter is their fertility and also the hare is an ancient symbol of the moon and obviously, the date of Easter depends on the moon.
Rabbits give the image of getting out of the ground just like how Jesus came out of his tomb. This Easter bunnies custom crossed the Atlantic and spread all over the Christian world. It is somehow similar to the character of Santa Claus in America.
The Easter Eggs and To What It Symbolizes
Just like the Easter bunny, the Easter eggs have long been symbols of Easter. Eggs symbolize life, the rebirth, the beginning of a new life and many people around the world believe that the world started with a big egg.
People started in the fourth century to present eggs in churches with holy water to be blessed. Eggs were dyed red for the joy of the sacrifice of Jesus and in memory of Christ’s blood. Children started hiding nests for Easter and from here, the tradition of hunting eggs started. The modern custom nowadays is about replacing the chicken eggs with decorated candy or plastic eggs filled with candy.
What is The Easter Lamb
The lamb is the strongest Christian symbol as it represents the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Before Christ, The lamb comes from the Jewish Passover. Each family had to sacrifice a lamb but when Christ became the Passover lamb for everyone, the lamb started to symbolize Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunrise Festivals
It is a new addition of Easter for the memory of the first woman, who went to the tomb on the first Easter morning and found it empty. The Moravian immigrants brought the tradition to the United States of America in 1743.
The Atmosphere of Easter in Egypt
Of course, after knowing all of this information about Easter, you may wonder how it is to spend your Easter vacation in Egypt!! The land of pharaohs is a truly breathtaking amazing country that allows you to have an imaginary Easter holiday. Despite the fact that it is a Christian festival, the majority of the Egyptians celebrate this amazing celebration through picnicking in any green space, heading to some public gardens, going to the zoo to enjoy the beautiful weather in Egypt, plus having the ability to cruise the Nile in order to visit the remarkable ancient Egyptian attractions.
That is not all, as while being in Egypt during Easter holiday, You will taste some of the traditional dishes that are usually served during Easter including Fesikh “Salty & Dried Grey Mullet”, lettuce, and scallions. You can also try green onion, Tirmis, and of course have the chance to color some boiled eggs.
Besides this, you can have some of the spectacular tours of “Trips in Egypt”. You can choose some of our Egypt vacation packages and day tours through which you will enjoy a lot while visiting the prodigious landmarks in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Alexandria in addition to having the ability to head to the best coastal beaches in Hurghada, Marsa Alam, etc. While being in Hurghada for instance, you can do some amazing activities such as snorkeling, diving, and relaxing on the beach, or even heading to a desert Safari to discover the beauty of the Egyptian weather.
Egypt Nile cruises packages are your gate to cruise the Nile River and to head to the amazing landmarks in both Luxor & Aswan including the impressive temples, tombs, columns such as Abu Simbel Temples, Philae Temple, The Unfinished Obelisk, Kom Ombo & Edfu Temples, Karnak, Hatshepsut, and Luxor Temples, and a lot of other great tourist sites that you can enjoy with us through our Egypt Easter holiday deals.