Significance of Easter

Easter is one of the important celebrations of the Christians around the world. It starts with a ‘Lent’ (fasting) season for 50 days. The last week of the lent is known as Passion Week. It starts with Palm Sunday and follows Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, observing Last Supper. This follows Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified. It commemorates Jesus’ Crucification and burial. Saturday is the last day of lent. Easter Sunday is celebrated as the day Jesus rose from the dead. It symbolizes rebirth and is viewed as victory over death.
Many local churches have Holy Week services. My local parish (Syracuse St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 3209 Howlette Hill Rd., Camillus, NY 13031) has services on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday and has a prayer schedule for the entire week.

Mr Josph Kappil, Syracuse NY

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