Good Friday and Easter Sunday 2022
What is Good Friday?
Good Friday is the day on which Christians annually the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. From the early days of Christianity, Good Friday was observed as a day of sorrow, penance, and fasting. This year 2022, Good Friday is celebrated on the 15th of April which is, of course, a Friday. Good Friday is observed with fasting and praying by many Christians believers.
The Cross Symbol
The Christian cross, seen as a representation of the crucifixion of Jesus on a large wooden cross, is a renowned symbol of Christianity. Some Christians believe that wearing a cross offers the wearer protection from evil. However, there are also individuals, both Christians and non-Christians, who wear cross jewellery as a fashion accessory.
What is Easter Sunday?
The Sunday after Good Friday is Easter, which is a holiday that celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. After his crucifixion, death, and burial, three days later, He rose from the grave. Easter is celebrated on 17th April in 2022.
Easter Bunnies and Eggs
Many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers, and ringing of church bells. Most people, Christians or not, would probably know that the Easter celebration is often associated with bunnies and colourful eggs too.
It is said that the exact origins of the Easter symbols are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.
Eggs have also been associated as a symbol of new life and Jesus’ resurrection. Just like how Jesus rose from the tomb, the egg symbolized new life emerging from the shell. In the Orthodox tradition, eggs are painted red to symbolize the blood that Jesus shed on the cross. Another record of the origin of coloured eggs comes from the year 1290 when England’s King Edward I ordered 450 eggs to be coloured (or covered with fancy gold leaf) and given to royal relatives.
On an ending note, regardless of how you will be spending this long weekend of Good Friday and Easter, we hope you have a good break and rest!