Holy Week 2019 will begin on
Sunday ,14 April
and ends on
Saturday ,20 April
Holy Week Easter
Easter is also known as Pascha in the Greek language. This festival is celebrated every year on the distinctive belief of the Christian. According to the Bible Easter is suppose to celebrate after three days when Jesus was criticized by Romans and died in the early 30 A.D. The day starts with the “Passion of Christ” where people fast, prayers and sacrifice things during the Holy Week. These days includes Thursday (Jesus celebration with his 12 Apostles), Friday (The day when Jesus’s death is mostly observed) and Easter Sunday (The last day when people sacrifice things). Other important events include the Easter bunny and Palm Sunday. Jesus died about 2000 years ago when people of Jerusalem think that he is creating a massive amount of problem for the Government and thus should be hanged. After Jesus was killed, his body was hanged in front of all Jerusalem community.
Good Friday falls between the April 23 mid of the month two days before the Easter. Many Scholar thinks that during this day Jesus death is observed during the evening before Easter. It seems strange how things were found during this day and how Jesus died. This day is also considered the pivotal event and called as Commemoration of Jesus.
Good Fridayhas undergone many changes not just once but many times. Many Church doesn’t celebrate Good Fridayone of them is Roman Catholic they believe it would be bad luck for them if they celebrate it. This year Good Friday is going to be happening on Friday 19, April. This day shows the Christian holiday as commemorating the death of Jesus.
Palm Sunday is an event which is celebrated by carrying the palms and other branches of trees. During this day Jesus enters Jerusalem before he was sentenced to death. Christians during this day carry the palm and confirm their ways in the accordance of Jesus. The branches of palms also show the sign of victory for the Greco community.
In many churches Christians starts their day by twisting the palms. Sometimes it happens that palms are not available, so they try to use the branches of trees instead of the Palms. Even the churchyards are decorated with flowers and branches. Palm branches show the sign of the victory that’s why on Palm Sunday people celebrates the victory of Martyrs. Victory leads to peace which is then performed during the whole Sunday.This day is celebrated at the beginning of the Holy week and always celebrated on Sunday. Other names of this day are Passion Sunday, Fig Sunday, Willow Sunday and Blossom Sunday. According to the calendar, it will be celebrated on Sunday, 14 April 2019. Dates can vary from calendar to calendar. Different countries from all over the world start to prepare for this event during the winters. The festival preparations start with preparing the palm leaves and ends during the spring season.
When it comes to Easter, Maundy Thursdayhas its importance. Maundy Thursdayis also called Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries. This day is celebrated before the Easter starts which make it more special. Maundy Easter has its own story as during this day Jesus had his last meal with the Apostles.
Even it’s also called the Food washing day which means Maundy. Maundy Thursdayis considered as the 5th day of the Easter season which comes between Holy Wednesday and Good Friday. According to the calendar of 2019 Maundy Easter is going to be celebrated on April 18, 2019. The dates can be fall between the two schedules followed by Christians whether it’s Gregorian calendar or Julian calendar.
Maundy Thursdayshows the period of Easter Triduumwhich is the mixture of three things including passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mostly Christians celebrates this day with other holy days including Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday is considered to be the most important festival in the Christian Community. All the Christians worldwide celebrate this event with great courage. Easter Sundayis the day which expresses the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This was written in Bible, that he would come back after few centuries. Christian all around the world celebrates this even by singing music’s, following the old rituals, having candlelight dinners and decorating the flowers all around the church.
Easter Sundayis celebrated on Sunday, which is almost considered a public holiday in many countries. Government offices and most schools are closed during this day. The story behind Easter Sundayhas always been talkative topics as this was written a few centuries ago that Mary visited the tomb where Jesus was buried while she was there an angel came to her saying Jesus has risen from here. After that Easter Sundayis considered to be celebrated with joy and happiness.
In 325 CE many scholars decided that Easter Sundaywould be celebrated after the Full moonlight so If Moon is not seen with the full light, it would be delayed for one or more weeks. Greece decides the dates according to the Julian calendars.
According to the new calendar Easter, Sunday is going to be celebrated on Sunday, 21 April 2019.