It is a Christian celebration observed every year in late March or early April to remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But what is the story of the execution of the “Son of God” by Roman soldiers two thousand years ago, related to chocolate eggs and magic rabbits?
According to the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas Iscariot in exchange for 30 silverware following the Last Supper and was arrested in a fat winepress.
Easter Easter weekend to see showers and snow across the UK
Questioned by the High Priest Kiaps on whether he was really “anointed” as he claimed, it was enough in Jesus’ answer to see him pull before Pontius Pilate, Judea.
Pilate heard the case against Jesus, accused of subversive influence, turned the matter over to King Herod and eventually asked the inhabitants of Jerusalem what he would do with the prophet.
The mob snapped at his crucifixion as a peeler, and Pilate finally agreed, deliberately letting his hands out of condemnation, but agreed to prevent a riot.
Jesus dragged his cross to Calvary Hill on Good Friday 30 BC, where he was killed, being laid on both sides by two petty criminals sentenced to the same fate.
Christ writhed in agony for six hours from the wounds to his hands and legs and the crown of thorns in his forehead, during which the sky was said to be crying, “God, my God, why did you leave me?”
Christ Carries the Cross – El Greco (Alfredo Oretti / Rex Flags)
He finally passed away with a terrible cry as the earth trembled, the gospels tell us. Next, Pilsor sliced his side with a lance to find out if he was really dead.
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, secret Aqualites, took Jesus’ body and buried him in a tomb carved into a nearby rock face, binding him with a clean linen shroud and taking care of his flesh in Mir and those before rolling a rock before entering it.
Two days later Mary Magdalena arrived to find the tomb empty. Jesus appeared to be resurrected before her – a miracle interpreted by Christians as final proof of the God of earth – and before his remaining 11 disciples in the Galilee, before ascending to heaven 40 days later, and vowing to return one day.
Christians around the world are reliving these events every year in crowds, services, and parades (see Mexico’s spectacular interpretation below), while Jesus’ passion has been perpetuated in art and dedicated music for centuries.
The annual festival begins with the sun on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday, the Ascension Day continues 39 days later and ends at Pentecost or Whitson 10 days later, the last date in honor of the Holy Spirit.
The borrowing is a time of self-denial that sees worshipers avoid pampering for 40 days (except Sundays) ahead of Easter Sunday, a spell meant as a daily reminder of Jesus’ much greater sacrifice.
The era is celebrated with cakes, hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, treats that represent the crucifixion and rebirth, while lilies decorate church songs to inspire revival.
These symbols – and the timing of Easter close to early spring – tie it to Jewish Passover, as did the etymology of the word “Easter,” which originated in “Istra,” the German translation of Old English into “Passover.”