Easter is a very important celebration for Christians. It marks one of the major elements of Christianity, which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Because people celebrate it on a different day each year, it is somehow difficult to keep up with things and know the exact date of Easter this year. Here is a quick look at some of its valuable aspects including the date of the Easter celebration in 2009.
The Easter Celebration in 2009
When is Easter this year? The answer is April 12, 2009. This is especially true for Catholics and Protestants. However, religious groups like Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrated it on April 19, 2009, mainly because they use a different kind of calendar and calculations to determine its date every year. On the other hand, most Christian churches use the same means of calculating the date, which makes their celebrations the same amongst themselves.
Believers celebrate Easter during the first Sunday usually of March or April. This day comes after the first full moon and not less than 14 days following the Spring Equinox. Eastern churches follow the Julian calendar. On the contrary, the Roman Catholic Church and its members follow the Gregorian calendar. Due to these differences, they celebrate this highly special event on different dates.
Additional Information and Other Interesting Details About Easter
Based on ancient German language, the term ‘Easter’ means April. More than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was crucified. Since then, his death is celebrated as Good Friday. According to Christian belief, two days after his death, Christ resurrected from the dead and saved the souls of believers. This event is highly important to these Christian churches because it serves as a constant reminder of God’s love when he sacrificed the life of his very own son for the salvation of the world.
According to historical records, Easter was once called ‘Pascha,’ which stood for the Christian Passover celebration. It was a joyous occasion to celebrate the salvation of their souls as well as their freedom the hands of Egypt. Until now, many people from all over the world continuously practice this rich and colorful tradition. In doing so, they have been able to preserve the different important elements and aspects of this annual celebration.
Today, there are various ways of celebrating this special day. For some people, they go to church and attend mass, after which they offer each other colorful candies as well as the so-called Easter eggs. Furthermore, some individuals give other people bunnies, chickens or ducks as gifts.