Why we Celebrate Easter Twice per Year?
Celebrating Easter is always a funny entertainment but also a bit confusing because sometimes there are two different days of Easter celebration and actually, most of us don’t know why there should be two days to celebrate the risen.
Deep in the history, we found that Easter is a celebration of Freedom and of Transition but below we share all the information we collect for the EB DailyNews readers.
It starts from ancient times with the Spring Equinox associated with some religious feasts: It was a celebration of Ancient Egypt, the "Pesach", which mean ‘The passage’ referring to the passage of the Sun from the equator. It is the end of the winter and the coming of spring.
Easter is also a celebration of the Jews, the "Peshah", which means Passover, crossing the Red Sea. It marked the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian captivity toward the Promised Land.
It is also a feast of Christians, Easter, rooted in the Jewish Pesach, and symbolizes the passage from the death of sin to the life of truth.
The Martyrdom and the Resurrection of Jesus coincided during the Hebrew Passover, therefore, in the early years, the Christians, who came from the Jews, assembled together with the other Jews at Easter. The only difference was that the Easter of the Christians was joyful because it did symbolize the old salvation, and it anticipated the future life.
This habit of celebrating Easter along with the Jews remained with some Christians until the 4th century AD. Until The Seventh Rule of the Apostles denounced those who celebrated Easter together with the Jews at the 14th of Nisan.
The solution to the issue was given at the First Ecumenical Synod of Nice in 325 AD under the Constantine the Great, the Roman Emperor who built the Byzantine Empire.
There was decided Easter is to be celebrated a common day for all Christians right after the Hebrew Easter because the Resurrection of the Lord took place on the Sabbath one, the next day from Saturday, which was later called "Sunday", the day of the Lord.
The Church of Rome made some controversies, maintaining a paschal rule that had been introduced many years earlier by the Roman mathematician and bishop of Acacia (later Rome) Hippolytus.
However, the Pope Gregory II of the Vatican in 1582 replaced the Julian calendar with a new one, named Gregorian. Since then, the celebration of Easter from the Western and Eastern Churches is generally not at the same time.
Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Liberation, and Happy Resurrection