Festivals of Christians Celebrated in India!
With a large number of Christians in the population, it is but natural that all Indians are familiar with their festivals. Easter is a solemn occasion. It celebrates the return to life of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.
Easter is mostly observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Thus the festival can occur on any Sunday in the period from March 22 to April 25.
The days associated with the holy week ending in Easter are Palm Sunday which celebrates the story of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem; Maundy Thursday which recalls Jesus’ last meal, his arrest and imprisonment; Good Friday which observes the death of Jesus on the cross—it is a day of mourning; Holy Saturday which is a day of solemn vigil; and Easter Sunday which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus.
Christians believe Jesus’s Resurrection means that they, too, receive new life after death. The Easter festival celebrates this belief. Christmas is a festival of joy as it celebrates the birth or nativity of Jesus on December 25, though no one knows the exact date of Christ’s birth. The Christmas season is marked by goodwill and people exchange gifts and decorates their homes at Christmas time.