The Important Beliefs Celebrated at Easter and How They are Celebrated

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The Important Beliefs Celebrated at Easter and How They are Celebrated

Easter Sunday comes at the end of holy week which consists of many

days which have a significant meaning. The six weeks leading up to

easter is called lent and this is celebrated by many people giving up

one of their luxuries, for example, chocolates and sweets. They do

this because they are remembering when jesus was in the desert and was

tempted by the devil and how jesus rejected his offer. During the time

of lent, comes a day called ash Wednesday which certain churches have

the ceremony of putting ash on to the foreheads of people as a symbol

of receieving forgiveness.

Holy week begins with Palm Sunday, and this remembers the entry of

jesus into jerusalem. People cheered jesus as the coming Messiah. Many

people were expecting a warrior who would drive out the Romans but

jesus however, rode in on a donkey showing he was a man of peace and

humble. This suggested he is more of a spiritual leader than a warrior

leader. Small crosses made from leaves are given out in churches and

are held by worshippers during the service. Some churches will have a

procession around the church or the local area.

Maundy Thursday is the next special day in Holy week and this

remembers the last supper in which jesus and his disciples had. Before

he was arrested jesus gave a piece of bread and a bit of wine to all

of them which symbolised his body and his blood. At the last supper

jesus talks about how he knows someone has betrayed him and has he has

already forgiven them. Many churches include a foot-washing ceremony

as part of the Eucharist on this day. Some of the people sit at t...

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...s will be on the altar and candles burning. Songs of victory are

sung in all churches and the story of the empty tomb and the

apperances of the risen Jesus will be read out. On this day, many hot

crossed buns are eaten to celebrate the end of lent. The cross design

is to remember Jesus and many easter eggs are shared. Easter eggs are

a symbol of new life and in Orthodox churches, hard boiled eggs are

cracked open on easter day to celebrate the resurrection when Jesus

broke free from the tomb.

The Easter story is a movement from tears to joy and touches

christians very deeply when they hear it. It is about the struggle

between good and evil, or light and darkness and the final victory of

good. It is the story of how God showed that he was involved in human

struggles and suffering and how God promises life after death.

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