Easter is the second most celebrated Christian holiday after Christmas, which is celebrated on Sunday between March 22 and April 25, and its conjunction with the spring and the rebirth of nature, reminds us of the philosophy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ was reborn after being crucified.
The main meal on this day is the lamb. People paint on eggs at this ceremony. In many countries, eggs are a symbol of the beginning of a new life. The people that wear bunny dress and named as Easter bunny, hide the Easter eggs, and kids find and eat these eggs. Painting the egg refers to the art of dyeing Jesus, that Khaqani, one of the great poets of Iran, also referred to this art of Jesus Christ in a poem. On the other hand, people believe that rabbits go to chicken nests and take eggs, so the eggs are painted to hide from rabbits.
Like other orthodox Christians, the Armenians of Iran get fast from the 40 days before Easter and avoid eating anything that comes from animals. They will be present in the church on Thursday evening, and the priest will wash the foot of 12 adolescents as the symbol of the apostles, then the ritual of prayer is held.
In Iran, this ceremony is held annually in different regions and in Armenian churches. And in this year is Sunday, April 21th.
You can see photos of this celebration at St.Gregory Church and St. Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran, which was held in 2017 by visit https://ifpnews.com/translation-iran/christians-tehran-celebrate-easter/ and http://iranthisway.com/2017/04/20/photo-easter-celebrated-tehran/ .
When Islamic and Christian calendars coincide
Being one of the moveable feasts, Easter day refers to the first Sunday after the full Moon, occurring just after the spring equinox. It is the most significant holiday after a week of fasting in Christian calendar as the day celebrates Christ’s resurrection after being crucified. Christians worldwide take part in this liturgy with traditional church services and specific dishes like eggs asparagus. Moreover, Easter eggs are usually decorated as the symbol of fertility. This holiday commemorates religious beliefs that consider Easter as the victory of good over evil, sin and death.
As Easter Sunday changes in date, interestingly enough, it is coincided with one of the most important Islamic holiday in 2019. The latter is being referred to as Nĩmah’i Sha’ban (Sha’ban 15th) in Islamic calendar when the Shia celebrate the birthday of the 12th Imām for the advent of whom, they are waiting. Quite similar to the believers of Christ’s second coming, the Shia believe that the 12th Imām will appear on the earth in the apocalyptic era to save the world and to defeat evil and sin.
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