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Easter is an annual religious celebration with different meanings, celebrated in Christianity and Judaism. It is one of the most important annual Christian holidays, which commemorates the fundamental event of Christianity, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God in Christian religions, on the third day after his crucifixion on Good Friday. There are some Christian denominations that do not celebrate Easter; they are Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormon Church, Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Easter celebration date is based on two astronomical phenomena: the vernal equinox and the rotation of the Moon around the Earth. Thus, Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
Christian Easter lasts 40 days between the feast of Pascha (the first Sunday of Easter) and Ascension feast which is celebrated 40 days after the Resurrection, on a Thursday. The first three of the 40 days are days of great celebration of Easter. Feast of Easter is preceded by a long period of fasting, which commemorates the events preceding Pascha.
The most widely sprea tradition on Easter is to dye red eggs, whose presence is required on the Easter table, although other colors such as green, blue, yellow and others are common too. Newer elements such as the Easter Bunny have become part of the holiday's modern celebrations.
By Maria Morari
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