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Post  AnaMartinez on Sun May 20, 2012 12:14 pm

Many people know Easter as the day when children go around looking for chocolate eggs and candy, but to others, Easter is a very religious day. Easter is the holiday when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary. People in Jerusalem reenact the things that happened when Jesus was being crucified. Easter is probably Christianity's most important holiday.

It is a moveable feast because it doesn't fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, and the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator. Easter is actually an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day event.

What many see and experience on Easter Day today is the commercial side of Easter, with the mounds of jelly beans, and marshmallow chicks.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter
http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-easter
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