By AARRON ANDREAS AND ANDRES DOWNEY
Easter is a special holiday for all those in the Christian faith and is the culmination of one of the holiest weeks of the Catholic Church. Easter marks the end of the holy season of Lent that started nearly 40 days before.
The 40 days parallel the 40 days that Jesus fasted and was tempted in the desert. It is through these long periods of suffering from Jesus that Catholics attempt to exercise self sacrifice.
This is why Catholics often give something up for the entirety of Lent. Lent is a time for preparing oneself for the return of Jesus Christ and the saving of humanity through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and repentance of sins.
After the 40 days of sacrifice in Lent, the celebration begins. On Easter Sunday Catholics rejoice in the news that Jesus has risen from the dead after being crucified, in accordance to the Scriptures. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, God forgives humanity for their sins and grants them entrance into heaven.
Though many non religious festivities have become popular, such as easter egg hunts and painting eggs with dye, Catholics attend a special mass and thank God for the salvation he has given.
The historical significance of Easter adds to the glory it has today, as it has become a day for rejoicing and giving thanks, not just for Catholics, but for people of all religions and ethnicities.