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Feasting after fasting...

THE EASTER Vigil Service at the St Joseph?s Cathedral is not the only one. The Catholic Church all over the world holds like services. Additionally, there are dawn services (for it was around dawn that it was discovered that Christ had arisen from the dead) and morning services. Contrary to popular belief, it must be emphasised that Easter as a festival ranks even higher in importance than Christmas for it celebrates the world?s redemption from sin.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 00:16 IST

THE EASTER Vigil Service at the St Joseph’s Cathedral is not the only one. The Catholic Church all over the world holds like services. Additionally, there are dawn services (for it was around dawn that it was discovered that Christ had arisen from the dead) and morning services.

Contrary to popular belief, it must be emphasised that Easter as a festival ranks even higher in importance than Christmas for it celebrates the world’s redemption from sin.

After the church services, it's time to tend to the kids, who are anxiously awaiting their multi-hued Easter Eggs. The Easter Egg is one big candy (made of caramel and sugar) with a center of more sweets and candies. The bigger the egg, the better the fare and the ware.

Since Christ rose from the dead, it is a celebration of new life and new beginnings. Since the egg too, symbolises new life, somewhere along the line came the custom of giving Easter Eggs, with the expectation that people lead new and meaningful lives.

A more enduring symbol of the festival is the white lily, the symbol of resurrection and the special Easter flower.

The word ‘Easter’ seems to have originated from ‘Eostre’, an ancient Anglo-Saxon Goddess, originally of the dawn, and is a moveable feast; ie, it is not always held on the same day. In AD 325 it was decided that it should be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the Vernal Equinox of March 21. Easter thus, can come as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

As the 46-day period of prayer, fasting and abstinence gets over, it's time for a family get-together and feast. And it is nothing short of a feast. The Barra Khana, if not the lunch, most certainly, is the dinner.