History of Easter

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Easter (Latin pascha, Passover, from Hebrew) is in Christianity , the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ , who according to the New Testament as the Son of God, the death has been overcome. Since the events of salvation , according to the Bible in a Passover weeks were determined the date of this movable main Jewish festival and the date of Easter : Easter falls on the Sunday after the first spring full moon , in the Gregorian calendar that is the earliest on the 22th March and no later than 25 April. In the early church was Easter as one of suffering and resurrection ceremony in memory of the Easter Vigil celebrated (Full Pasha "). From the 4th Century was the most important festival in the church year as a three-day celebration (Triduum paschale) unfolded historicizing. The services cover since in most of the liturgies of the celebration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday evening - the eve of Good Friday - the Holy Saturday , the day the peace of the grave of the Lord until the dawn of the new weeks on Easter Sunday . This begins the joy of Easter time ("Easter"), the fifty days until Pentecost lasts. In the Middle Ages developed from the original separate Triduum Easter Triduum, which the first three days of the Octave of Easter celebration of the remaining weeks of took off. Later this period was shortened work-free, until only the Easter Monday as a statutory holiday was retained. Of the German common name Easter is old Germanic origin and is comfortable with the direction " East "together: the place of the rising sun is in Christianity as a symbol of the risen and returning Jesus Christ . Many Easter customs are non-Christian ( "pagan" ) origin.