Easter: A Festival of Joy and Hope.
by Jose Kurian Puliyeril
The Easter, the great feast day of joy and hope, is the most
important festival for the Eastern Christians in general and for the
Orthodox Christians in particular, than any other festivals
connected with the life and mission of Lord Jesus. The Resurrection
of our Lord and Savior, which took place on the third day of His
crucifixion, is celebrated as Easter.
The origin of the English name 'Easter' is unknown. In Latin and in
Greek it is Pascha. The term 'Easter' is another form of the non-
Christian word 'Astarte' which was used for the Chaldean Goddess as
a title to denote her as the queen of Heaven. It is also advocated
by few that the name 'Easter' was used by the Anglo Saxon Priest
Venerable Bede in the 8th century accepted from the Anglo-Saxon
spring goddess Eostre. There is no doubt about the celebration of
Easter is the principal festival of the Christian Church year, and
it is the celebration of the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ on
the third day of his crucifixion and burial. In the Acts of the
Apostles (chapter12:4) the term Passover is used instead of Easter.
The phrase 'Passover' signifies after the whole festival was at an
end. In the post apostolic times the Christians observed the
Passover as a continuation of the Jewish feast, but were not
instituted by Lord Jesus Christ or it was not connected with the
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