Festival facts: Easter

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By Louise Tellamteacher and freelance writer.

Find out about the origin of Easter and how Christians celebrate


What is Easter?

Easter is the oldest and principal Christian festival. The title ‘Easter’ is taken from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Eaostre’, the name of the goddess of Spring, which is when the festival is celebrated. The awakening, rebirth and new life in nature at this time is reflected, for Christians, in the period of preparation, the crucifixion of Jesus and the resurrection events of Easter. This can be seen in the symbols and activities that are traditional parts of the celebration.

Who celebrates Easter?

Easter is celebrated by Christians all over the world although the precise festival date varies.

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