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All About the Holidays: Easter

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(male narrator) Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. It represents the day Christians believe Jesus Christ came back to life, three days after he was killed for his teachings almost 2,000 years ago. Christ was a teacher who spread messages about love and forgiveness. His followers believed he was the son of God. After Jesus died, news quickly spread of his resurrection, meaning that he came back to life. Today Christians honor that miracle by celebrating Easter. Different Christian groups have unique Easter traditions, but they all consider Easter the most important Christian holiday. Many Christians prepare for Easter by celebrating Ash Wednesday and Lent. Lent is the period of 40 days before Easter, when Christians consider their mistakes and promise to do better next year. On Ash Wednesday, many go to church to have ashes applied to their forehead as a way to say they're sorry. Sometimes they vow to give up foods or privileges until Easter to remind them of their promises to God and to focus on prayer rather than their comfort. When Easter does arrive, it's always a celebration.

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Families and communities have Easter egg hunts and visits from the Easter bunny. What do eggs, bunnies, and flowers have to do with Easter? They're signs of spring and new life. To the early Christians, Christ's return was the ultimate celebration of life after death. So it was fitting that these symbols of springtime came to represent their holiday. What are some other signs of spring and new life?

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Easter is widely considered the most important Christian holiday. The holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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