What is it?
Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian festival, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which happened on the third day after his crucifixion by the Romans.
The week previous to this is known as the Holy Week, and it contains Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
In the UK, and other parts of the world, Easter Sunday is a national bank holiday, and most shops will be closed.
What are the origins?
Easter Sunday is a happy day for Christians, as they believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and that this resurrection symbolises that death is not the end.
The Sunday after his death Mary Magdalene visited the tomb, and found that not only had the stone been moved, but the body of Jesus had gone.
Jesus was seen later that day by Mary, and other disciples and for forty days by many others.
The actual word “Easter” does not appear in the Bible, and there aren’t any early church celebrations mentioned. It appears that Easter, like Christmas developed later in church history.
How is it celebrated?
Many Christians will go to church for a special Easter sermon.
Many Christians and non-Christians exchange Easter eggs, and a lamb roast is common on Easter Sunday.
What’s the deal with Easter Eggs?
Many of us are familiar with the chocolate aspect of Easter.
Eggs symbolise new life, and Jesus began his new life after his resurrection on Easter Sunday, and cracked eggs are symbolic of an empty tomb.
Eating eggs was forbidden during the Holy Week, and instead they were saved, decorated and gifted to children.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that the first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany, and this tradition has now carried on.
How can I get involved?
You can visit your local church for their Easter sermon.
Easter Egg hunts are also a popular activity, and we’ve done a round-up of the best ones here.