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Easter Sunday
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Easter SundayHoliday: Easter Sunday

Easter (Old English Ēostre; Latin: Pascha; Greek Πάσχα Paskha, the latter two derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March (although the astronomical equinox occurs on 20 March in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily on the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, and in which therefore the celebration of Easter varies between 4 April and 8 May.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.

Source: Wikipedia: Easter
From YOUR Teacher: Easter Sunday

This is a fun holiday for some kids who make colored eggs and then hide them and compete to find them again. This usually takes place in a backyard or park.
Test: Reading Comprehension Easter Sunday

Read the information above. In the test questions below choose which is the best answer for each question. There are 5 questions. Good luck.
1.  Easter is which type of holiday?

a.  Muslim festival and holiday
b.  Indian festival and holiday
c.  Christian festival and holiday
d.  Jewish festival and holiday
2.  Lent is which of the following?

a.  a forty-day period of eating, drinking, and celebrating
b.  a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance
c.  a forty-day period of traveling to a religious location
d.  a forty-day period of business transactions
3.  The last week of Lent is called which of the following?

a.  Holy Week
b.  Prayer Week
c.  Religious Week
d.  Festival Week
4.  Easter is linked to which of the following?

a.  the Jewish New Year
b.  the Jewish Hanukkah
c.  the Jewish Purim
d.  the Jewish Passover
5.  An additional customs includes hunting for which of the following?

a.  eggs
b.  bunnies
c.  quail
d.  fowl
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