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The Foochow Festival at China In the Southern province of Fukien and Kwangtung, China, and if you are an avid kite flyer, there is an amazing kite flying competition held every year and a must visit destination for kite enthusiasts. At the Foochow Kite Festival, the kites displayed are immense mean machines with greatest ingenuity of design and heavens are flooded with thousands of colourful kites  [...]

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All that you wanted to know about Easter

Posted on May 7, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment



Easter is the religious celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is the oldest festival of the Christians and is a holy day for them.

It is believed that Easter gets its name from Eastre or Easter which is the name of a Teutonic Goddess of Dawn .There was a festival that was celebrated every year on the first day of the season of spring in the northern hemisphere. But there are many others who say that the word Easter comes from the word east which is the direction where the sun rises. The Germans call the Easter as Ostern.

Easter is normally celebrated on the first Sunday that comes after the first full moon of the vernal equinox. It is said in the gospels that the death of Christ and the resurrection took place during the time of the Passover and during the time of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. Passover is a festival that falls in the Hebrew month of Nisan on the fourteenth day. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is on 15 Nisan. This is normally observed for around seven days. Then it began to be held that Passover was the day of preparation and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was the High Day Sabbath. Passover thus fell in spring as this is the time you have mature lambs to slaughter. So Passover is always between March and April but on different time frames depending on the number of days that year. Since the date of Passover changes, the date of Easter also changes.

Easter celebration

Easter is not for a single day. This is actually a kind of season that starts from the Easter Sunday and goes on for seven weeks. This is generally referred to as the great fifty days by the Christians. During this period, there is celebration in the Church over the resurrection of the Lord, his appearance after Easter, and then his teachings to the world, then his ascent to heaven and then the way the disciples eagerly wait for the Holy Spirit. The fortieth day is considered to be the day of ascension and is normally celebrated with an evening worship service as it always falls on a Thursday.

Easter is the most awaited and joyful festival of the Christian calendar. There are lot of praises of the lord and there is a general feeling of Excelsis or Glory in the highest and Alleluia or Praise the Lord. There are hymns and organ music that are sung and generally there is an air of celebration. An old custom of doing away with kneeling on the Easter Sunday is practised in many churches. Standing signifies rising and resurrection and is considered to be the standard posture for confession. There is lot of decoration everywhere and sanctuaries and chancels are decorated with flowers and banners. Easter lilies are seen everywhere. White symbolizes holy nature and happiness. The paschal candle is lit for the entire fifty days.

The paschal candle is a symbol of the risen Jesus and is normally used in the liturgical parishes. This large white candle is the tallest sanctuary candle and has the Holy Cross inscribed on it.

Paschal candle

Easter is a time of celebration and forgetting past grudges.

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