Easter Sunday celebrated in Southland

Happy Easter 2017 Images Quotes Wishes: This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 16, 2017, and Christians all around the world will be busy celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion which took place on Good Friday, a day before Maundy Thursday in 30 AD.

Mr Ledua said Easter was also a day that saw a significant increase in church attendances as Christians came out from their busy schedule to be part of the important event in the Christian history. Who can resist singing louder to "He Arose" or thinking about Jesus when they sing "In the Garden", which to many Christians is an all-time favorite.

"He has risen. Christ has risen, and that's why we celebrate Easter", said Pastor Don Wilson. Jesus Christ, who was magnanimously selfless even to sacrifice his own life for the sake of fellow human beings, thus gave an example for humankind to understand that the divine love is eternal. It is common to douse people in water, representing the new life of baptism, and play games with Easter eggs. Originating from the German word "Oster" (New Life Renewal), Easter is the culmination of over two months of dedicated worship.

Palm Sunday found the congregation of St. George's Anglican Church take to the streets in a public parade through their neighbourhood, during which they marked the optimism that followed Jesus as he entered Jerusalem. "Easter is a great time to catch up with family and friends", said a devotee, Sandhya Osta. Let this Easter be the beginning of a positive change in the nations of the world.

Mary Lee Francis, 34, said she had been attending similar church services for more than 20 years.

"This Easter, I call on all, whether Christian or Muslim, to emulate Christ and sacrifice something for your nation, for your families and for yourselves". The last week of Lent is also known as the Holy Week, with prayers held on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Following the established tradition, the Easter services are performed at night: like ancient Israel that stayed awake on the night of exodus from Egypt, New Israel stays awake on the eve of the Resurrection of Christ. Originally an "Easter hare", a buck-toothed bringer of chocolate to the kids that have behaved themselves was first mentioned in German literature in 1682.

  • Salvatore Jensen