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When is Easter in 2013?

March 31, 2013

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Ash Wednesday

In 2013, Ash Wednesday falls on February 13!

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holiday that marks the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days prior to Easter Sunday (which falls on March 31 this year). Lent is the period of preparation for the resurrection of Christ, and provides Christians with a time for self-examination.

Usually, practicing Christians choose something that they enjoy to “give up” for lent; it could be a particular favorite food, alcohol, caffeine, etc. This exercise allows people to give up a vice of theirs and in turn become closer to God. Another option is for a person to give up something that occupies too much of their time, such as TV. The idea is to then use that extra time to study the Bible, pray, volunteer, or do some other activity that helps others or deepens their faith.

On Ash Wednesday, it is common for Christians to attend church services in which a priest marks their forehead with black ashes in the shape of a cross. The ashes are usually blessed, and are reserved for the “foreheads of the faithful,” who don the ashes until they wear off. Ash Wednesday is also a fasting holiday, in which Christians are asked to abstain from meat.

Sources: Wikipedia

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Hoppy Easter!

Easter Bunny Postcard 1900What is Easter?

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead three days after his crucifixion, or Good Friday. Easter also marks the end of the 40-day fasting season of Lent. Like Christmas, Easter has been commercialized with non-religious Easter traditions and symbols, such as the Easter Bunny, eggs, baskets and chocolate eggs and bunnies.

When is Easter?

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox in March. Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25.

How do people celebrate Easter?

People celebrate Easter by going to church to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Children may wake up to Easter baskets full of chocolate and other candies left by the Easter Bunny. They then use the basket to collect hidden, candy-filled Easter eggs left by the Easter Bunny.

Sources: history.com, holidayinsights.com

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Ash Wednesday

US Navy 080206-N-7869M-057 Electronics Technician 3rd Class Leila Tardieu receives the sacramental ashes during an Ash Wednesday celebrationWhat is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is a Christian observance that marks the first day of Lent, the 40-day Christian season for fasting, prayer, reflection and penance in preparation of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and forgiveness on Easter Sunday. Today, Christians who observe Lent typically give up one special thing that they enjoy rather than fast.

When is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is observed on a different date each year, depending on when Easter falls. This year, Ash Wednesday will fall on March 9.

How do people observe Ash Wednesday?

Using ashes, ministers rub the sign of the cross onto the forehead of each worshiper during Ash Wednesday church services. Made from the remains of burned palms that were blessed on Palm Sunday of the previous year, the ashes symbolize death, mortality, penance and sorrow for sin. The form of the cross symbolizes the forgiveness of sins through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Learn more about Ash Wednesday and Lent by clicking here.

Sources: timeanddate.com, catholic.org

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