Traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored Easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts.
Christian churches in the East which were closer to the birthplace of the new religion and in which old traditions were strong, observe Easter according to the date of the Passover festival.
Easter is at the end of the Lenten season, which covers a forty-six day period that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter.
The Lenten season itself comprises forty days, as the six Sundays in Lent are not actually a part of Lent. Sundays are considered a commemoration of Easter Sunday and have always been excluded from the Lenten fast. The Lenten season is a period of penitence in preparation for the highest festival of the church year, Easter.
Easter on the Net
Jesus Christ is risen! After a long Lent, it is truly time to celebrate with joy the Easter season. May the 50 days of the Easter season be a grace-filled time for you and your family. We wait in hope for what the Apostles told us would come – the day when we too “will appear with Him in glory.”
Fr. Michael Flanagan