Christians Celebrate Resurrection of Christ

Today is Resurrection Sunday, the day Christians worldwide remember the resurrection of Jesus.  

So-called Easter is one of the oldest celebrations on the church calendar.  It's the traditional day in which Christ's resurrection is celebrated.  Christians believe God sacrificed his only son so their sins would be forgiven. 

Unlike Christmas, Easter isn't celebrated on a fixed day.  Instead, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the start of the Jewish Passover...which is on the first full moon following the vernal equinox.  That could be anywhere from March 22nd until the end of April in a given year.

Easter may be a religious holiday, but many of the traditions and symbols are not.  For Christians, the holiday marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his tomb after his crucifixion.  For others, the holiday is a time to celebrate the beginning of spring with pastels, bunnies and egg hunts. 

Like Christmas, Easter has become commercialized.  Scholars say eggs and bunnies are symbols of the pagan goddess of fertillity, "Eostre."

The Easter Bunny was introduced to America by immigrants from Germany who brought the tradition overseas with them.  The History Channel says the tradition of decorating eggs dates all the way back to the 13th century, and the Easter parade dates back even further. 

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