Easter is the time for holidays, festivals and a time for giving chocolate Easter eggs. Easter is the oldest and the most important Christian Festival, the celebration of the death and coming to life again of Jesus Christ. This year it falls on 8th April, 2012.
Easter is the story of Jesus' last days in Jerusalem before his death. The Easter story includes Maundy Thursday (the Last supper leading to the Eucharist), Good Friday (the day on which Jesus was crucified) and Easter Day (the day on which Jesus came back to life). It is a sad story because Jesus was killed. But the story has a very happy ending, because Jesus came back to life and visited his friends and followers once more. He did not die at all, but went back up to Heaven to be with God, his father.
Jesus had told his disciples before he was arrested that he would be crucified and on the third day he would rise from the dead. Sunday was the third day from Good Friday (Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day).
Adults celebrate the event by preparing yummy delicacies and decking up their pretty homes, the children mostly prefer to dig into cakes, colorful candies, chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, marshmallow chicks, and jellybeans. Churches decorated with fresh flowers conducts special services to commemorate the grand event.
Easter, is celebrated around the world, with great fanfare and religious fervor. While the religious observations of the festival follow the Christian church, the basic contours of Easter celebration may vary in different countries, due to regional influences.
The Traditional Egg Gift: The first eggs given at Easter were birds eggs. These eggs were painted in bright colours to give them further meaning as a gift. As chocolate became more wide spread in the 20th Century, a chocolate version of the traditional painted egg was developed. The size of the chocolate egg has grown over the years and is now more likely to be the size of an ostrich egg rather than a small birds egg.