The Easter Celebration

The Easter Celebration

Citlalli Perez, News Editor

As we reflect the passed Easter celebration, what exactly comes to mind to most people when thinking of Easter? Stereotypical answers to an ideal Easter day would include hiding and collecting Easter eggs outdoors, pictures with the “Easter Bunny”, a grill outside, and spending time with family, but some aspects of the celebration tend to blur the true meaning of Easter.

Easter, for many religions, is the day in which Jesus Christ the savior and son of God resurrected from the dead. Prior to Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christian Catholics replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

“I don’t think there is no age limit for collecting eggs. I know yesterday I was the only person collecting the eggs and I’m 17. The funny thing about collecting eggs yesterday was not completely finding all the eggs my parents hid. As a member of the St. James church choir, I’ve always enjoyed singing for the Lord as he suffered and died for us on the cross,” said Selena Hernandez (‘20).

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D.

In many of Christian Catholics’ celebrations of Easter, the last Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday which is a feast that commemorates the triumphal entry into Jerusalem of Jesus, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. The people of Jerusalem are said to of laid palms on the ground, a pathway for Jesus, to make his way through the city. Also commencing on Palm Sunday is Holy Week. 

Jesus came to Jerusalem around 30 A.D. in the time of Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate. In the city, preparations for the very celebrating feast of Passover was beginning; the dates for this holiday are April 19 to the 27. The high priest, Caiaphas, was in order and was fond of people who caused disruption in the city. To tame any crime that occurred prior to Passover, Caiaphas would inform the city of Samnium, near the Atlantic Ocean, where Pilate and his troops would stay in Jerusalem until after the celebration of Passover.

Jesus, who spoke the truth while in Jerusalem was highly talked about throughout the city and word of his preaching spread to the high priest. One well-known event which was inflicted by Jesus was the flipping of tax tables in the market. He talked about how corrupt the Roman government taxed the people, but should stop collecting high tax from people.

Shortly after the Last Supper (during which Jesus gave his final sermon), and immediately after the kiss of Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane, which is traditionally said to have been an act of betrayal since Judas made a deal with the high priests to arrest Jesus. The event ultimately led, in the Gospel accounts, to Jesus’ crucifixion, near Golgatha as known as “the place of skulls”. To many religions, the “count down” to Jesus’ crucifixion is known as Calvary.

“Forgive them Father, for they no not what they do.” Once at Calvary, Jesus had run out of energy and strength to maintain himself elevated. Jesus said he thirsted for something and as the soldiers gave him vinegar, Jesus said, “It is complete.” Instead of breaking his thighs, Jesus was pierced on his side where he bled blood and water. He was taken down and placed in a tomb outside the city walls.

“We gather as a family to continue to pursue religious beliefs and try to continue to keep the traditions with the little kids. Coming from my Mexican heritage, we tend to drink a lot and my family tries to maintain our alcohol levels,” said Jannet Franciso (‘20).

Whether you are of a Catholic, Christian, Muslim, or Polish religion, most people can recognize or make a connection to the holiday of Easter, which is a wonderful time to reflect, come together as a family, enjoy nature, and honor your religion.