Although Easter is celebrated on a particular day of the year, it is actually a part of a season of events that are commemorated on different days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and for a period after his resurrection.
Events include Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, Lent, which is a forty day period of prayer, penance, and fasting. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday is observed the week before Easter. It comemerates the day Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jeruselum. Holy Week is the last week of Lent.
The crucifixion of Jesus is commemerated on Good Friday. Easter is celebrated the following Sunday. Following Easter, is Easter Monday, which is the beginning of Eastertide, or Easter Season. Easter Season ends with Pentecost Sunday.
- Mardi Gras: Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is a day of festivities celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. However, in some countries, Mardi Gras lasts for seveal days leading up to Fat Tuesday and is celebrated with parties, parades, and elaborate costumes.
- Lent: The 40 day period from Ash Wednesday until Easter. Observed by Christians as a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter.
- Ash Wednesday: In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season of Lent. Not all Chrisitian churches participate in Ash Wednesday commerations.
- Palm Sunday commerates the day Jesus entered Jeruselum and palm leafs were strewn before him.
- Holy Week: The last week of Lent that includes religious holidays including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
- Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday: Commemorates the Last Supper Jesus Christ shared with the Apostles.
- Good Friday: The Friday before Easter, observed by Christians in commemoration of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
- Holy Saturday: It is the the last day of Lent. Also known as Easter Even, Holy Saturday is the day that Christ's body rested in his tomb before the resurrection.
- Easter Sunday: The day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Eastertide: Sometimes call the Easter Season, it is the period of fifty days beginning at Easter Sunday and lasting until Pentecost Sunday.
- Easter Monday: The day after Easter, it is celebrated as a holiday is some countries and in certain Christian cultures.
- Penecost Sunday: Pentecost Sunday comes 50 days after Easter Sunday. The name Penecost comes from the Greek word meaning 50.
Accounts of the events leading up to the death and resurection of Jesus can be found in the New Testement writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.
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