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GOODFRIDAY

 

Date : It is observed in India inApril every year on the day Christ was crucified.

Practice : Christians visit the Churchto attend the Mass held on this occasion. Easter Sunday, which follows GoodFriday, is celebrated with joy and merriment. Processions are taken out in someparts of the country.

 

 

EASTER 

 

Date : The Sunday after Good Friday. Churchmen fixed the date of Easter on the first Sunday following the Paschal full moon

This is the first full moon after the vernal equinox, March 21. This system is still followed today. Therefore, Easter Sunday moves between March 22and April 25.

Legend/s : Historically, the resurrection of Christ occurred at the time of the Jewish feast of Passover (called Pesach in Hebrew). The term Easter was first used when the Saxons introduced Christianity. Prior to this time the Saxons had held an annual feast in honor of the ancient Teutonic goddess of spring, Eostre. The name was transferred to the Christian observance of Christ's resurrection.

Practice : On Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as it is told in the Bible. This holy day celebrates the triumph of life over death. Easter eggs made of marzipan, believed to have been given to children by the Easter bunny, are sold in confectionery stores, and bought by children. Easter is universally a joyous, happy day.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS

 

Date : The birthday of Jesus Christ is celebrated on December 25 every year.

Legend : Jesus was born to Mary in Immaculate Conception. She was a virgin, and an angel had told her and Joseph that she would bear a special baby. They moved from their home Nazareth to Bethlehem (near Jerusalem), and Jesus was born in the stable in a manger. After the birth three wise men came to look for Him, bearing three gifts. They had seen a new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special king. They followed the direction of the star- east - and eventually found the place where Mary, Joseph and Jesus were staying. To bring honor to the child, they brought rich gifts: gold, frankincense (a resin which burns with a beautiful smell), and myrrh (plant oil with a very strong sweet smell).

Practice : Christmas is a major event in Indian Christian households. There is a midnight mass held at all the churches on the night of 24-25 December and people attend church the next day too. It is a time for cakes and turkey though most of the Christians in India substitute chicken for turkey. Christmas trees are put up and decorated in homes and department stores, stuffed with gifts and sweets.

 

 

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