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Easter Traditions

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Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance. The day before Lent, known as Fat Tuesday, is the last celebration of food and fun before fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week. Holy Week includes Holy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion, and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50 day period following Easter Sunday includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. You could call it a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year.

On Easter, many people travel to see their families or friends. Families and friends gather around the table and give thanks to God, enjoy each others company, play games, and exchange gifts. Freshman, Grace Olive said, “I spend Easter with my parents, brother, and grandparents. Usually, I go to New Jersey to see my grandparents for Easter. I like seeing my family and eating Easter candy.” Easter is a time for rejoicing and praising.

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