Holy Week and Easter
What is Easter all about? A celebration of spring? New life and rebirth? A fantastic opportunity to eat as much chocolate as possible?
Although Easter is remembered by many people in Britain, no festival of religious origin is more popular than Christmas. However, most Christians would say that the more significant festival is actually Easter. Christmas commemorates the time God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ (the Incarnation). But at Easter Christians celebrate what God came to do – to rescue the world through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The week leading up to Easter is known as ‘Holy Week’. It marks the final week of Jesus’ life, from Palm Sunday (when Jesus entered Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, looking like a king), through Maundy Thursday when Jesus ate his last supper with his disciples, to his arrest, trial and eventual execution on Good Friday. The belief that Jesus died on the cross to cancel out the bad things of the world is one of the most important beliefs in all of Christianity. Equally important are the events of Easter Sunday itself, when Christians celebrate Jesus coming back to life. His resurrection is a sign of his power over death, and symbolic of the new and eternal life He gives to people.
In this section, find out about the events of Holy Week and Easter, and their significance to Christians today. Explore our Easter traditions and how they link to the Easter story. Can you guess the link between Easter Sunday and chocolate eggs?Bookmark