We celebrate Easter year-round

Ayade noted that Christ's resurrection was not to engage in wild and elaborate celebration "but to give our lives meaning and direction and the opportunity to close ranks, no matter our differences and circumstances".

So, while all Christians in the northern hemisphere celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after the full moon of spring, the calendars they use to determine the date are different.

According to him, it is important for Christians to understand the significance of the celebration by appreciating central theme of sacrifice, death on the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

There are many people and areas of our society who need to experience the transformative power of the Easter message so that they can lead fulfilled lives and have hope for the future.

"As families attend Mass on Easter Sunday and come together for barbecues and Easter egg hunts, we come to realize how truly blessed we are". Easter eggs will of course be a part of the breakfast.

Oftentimes the two Easters are about a month apart, Hibbard said, with Orthodox Easter landing on the later dates when the two don't mesh.

Easter Sunday marks the close of the 40 days of lent which Christians commit themselves to by observing fasting, abstinence and goodwill to all. Following the established tradition, the Easter services are performed at night: like ancient Israel that stayed awake on the night of exodus from Egypt, New Israel stays awake on the eve of the Resurrection of Christ.

Defined as the foundation of the Christian faith, adherents witness the priest light the paschal candle before mass commences at the church, signifying the light of Jesus entering the world. After the prayer and the hymns, Reverend Father Swarup Bar will deliver the Easter sermon.

I love Easter because it is a day in which we can say to each other "Christ is Risen" and know it is true. "Easter is about mystery of god".

  • Elsie Buchanan