Read about the origin, history and celebration of Easter (Easter Sunday) in India.
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Easter in India

Origin and History of Easter in India

The origin of Easter is old as Christianity. It is the oldest Christian ceremony after Sabbath. According to history the world Easter was derived from the name Eostre (the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring). The month of April was dedicated and observed as a grand festive season. It is believed that Christianity has adopted some of the ancient Eostre traditions in its Easter celebration. Easter was celebrated to remember the re-birth of Jesus. According to history, Jesus was killed by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate in 36 CE. Three days after the death of Jesus many people saw him alive. The Orthodox Church decided to commemorate the re-birth of his soul by celebrating Easter. In India Christianity got its mark because of the British and other colonies. Thus Easter celebration in India dates back to the era of the British Raj.

Local name: Easter Sunday

Ways to celeberate Easter Sunday in India

India being a land of different religions and culture, every festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pomp. Although the Christians are only 2.5% of the total population, Easter is celebrated with great religious solemnization in different parts of the country. The spring time festival begins with Lent and ends on Easter Sunday. During Easter, people attend the prayer services at the church and enjoy the holiday feast with family and friends. During the festive time eggs and bunnies are exchanged as scared religious gifts. Wonderful carnivals take place at different places but the most popular celebration is in Goa. As it is the birthplace of many Christians, Easter is celebrated with great zeal. The streets of Goa are crammed with decorations, gala functions, street plays, songs etc.