The reason for the season

Self-sacrifice: Easter is the most important festival on the Christian calendar and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth from the dead, three days after he was executed.
Self-sacrifice: Easter is the most important festival on the Christian calendar and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth from the dead, three days after he was executed.

People in Australia celebrate Easter in myriad ways, from devout religious practices and church services, to the simple act of sharing a meal with family and friends, the giving and receiving of eggs and watching the children go on an Easter egg hunt.

A symbolic cross

A symbolic cross

You might enjoy fish on Good Friday, a roast lamb on Easter Sunday, Easter eggs or some fresh hot cross buns which have a symbolic cross on the top.

Known as a moveable feast, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon of March.

This year Easter Sunday is on April 21. 

It signifies the end of the period of fasting and self-denial known as Lent.

The story of Easter has been told many times over and for millions across the world it still holds a great power and significance today.

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, three days after he was executed.

After his trial and prosecution by the Romans, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of God who travelled around ancient Judea and Jerusalem was condemned to crucifixion, according to the Bible.

The Bible says that after a long walk carrying his own cross through the streets of Jerusalem, he endured pain and suffering during his time on the cross, dying on what is now considered Good Friday.

To acknowledge the death of Jesus, Catholics do not eat red meat on Good Friday and have fish instead.

Jesus was taken down from the cross and buried in a cave tomb.

The tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers and an enormous stone was put over the entrance so that no-one could steal the body.

Then, as the New Testament describes, Jesus came back to life on the third day, Easter Sunday, and ascended into heaven.

Christians call this the resurrection.

As we contemplate the true meaning of Easter, it is worth reflecting on the fact that Jesus did not wish to die.

His living was marked with happiness as he taught, led, worshipped, healed, prayed, advised and inspired a host of people who welcomed him as a hero and a prophet.

His death has been interpreted by many as a self-sacrifice for the salvation of humankind.

You can use this Easter season to reflect on seeking Jesus, helping others and spending time with your family and friends.

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