When will they celebrate Easter in 2018?
Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays. To prepare for this great day, find out what date it will fall in 2018.
What holiday is it?
Easter is the day of Christ's resurrection, which is the basis of all the biblical history and one of the most significant events in Orthodoxy. In some countries, the holiday is considered public.
For the first time Easter began to be celebrated by the Jewish people, and the name was somewhat different - “Pesach”, which translates as “deliver”, “spare”, “bypass”. It was given in honor of the salvation of the Jews during the destruction of all the firstborn in Egypt (the Jewish families remained untouched).
The Old Testament Easter was associated with the liberation of the Jews from the captivity of the Egyptians, assisted by the prophet Moses. In early Christianity, the holiday acquired a somewhat different meaning and began to symbolize the rebirth of God's Son, who gave hope to all people. But the exact date on which the miraculous resurrection occurred is unknown and is not indicated in the Bible.
When is it celebrated?
What is the date to celebrate the holiday in 2018? Easter does not have an exact specific date, it falls into the category of rolling events, and the day of the celebration is determined annually. The computation of the spring equinox is taken, after which the new moon is observed, and it is considered to be the starting point. The first Sunday after the new moon, which comes after the vernal equinox, becomes the day of celebration. In 2018, the holiday of Orthodox Christians will be celebrated on April 8.
How to prepare for Easter?
Easter is considered a special day for which you need to prepare properly. Firstly, Orthodox Christians must be spiritually cleansed by this date. Such a cleansing involves not only humility, but also the rejection of gluttony. Many believers observe Lent, which lasts 48 days and ends directly in the celebration.
The week before the holiday is called Passion Week. On Great or Clear Thursday, Orthodox Christians are purified spiritually and physically. For these purposes, you must undergo the sacrament of the sacrament, as well as wash your body. Many housewives started cleaning the house on that day, but this tradition is not considered a church one, although it is not forbidden.On Friday, services are held in many churches and temples, and in the evening believers are given the opportunity to touch the shroud. Saturday should be a calm day. On Sunday night, all Orthodox go to church services.
Easter is celebrated in many states in which Christianity predominates or is preached, and customs may differ, since they depend in part on the culture of the country. But Orthodox Christians observe the following traditions:
- The divine service in honor of the resurrection of the Son of God begins at night after twelve o'clock or in the early morning on Sunday, it has recently been broadcast on television.
- Easter greetings. Starting from the night on the eve of Easter and over the next forty days, followed by the repulsion, we must greet each other with the so-called "Christianity." One says: “Christ is Risen!”, And the other responds to him: “Verily He is Risen.” For words that symbolize universal joy, can be followed by three kisses.
- The importance of the Easter flame. Fire is considered to be a symbol of God's light, shed upon the earth to enlighten all nations and to bestow light upon people.hope. A flame appears, called the fertile fire, in Jerusalem, from where it arrives at the temples and churches of the whole world. Believers light candles. It is believed that the flame of God does not burn, but the risk is not worth it.
- Meal. The main dishes of the Easter table are cakes, paska (Easter) from cottage cheese and eggs. Kulich and Pasca are usually prepared on their own on Thursday. Eggs are colored, with a symbolic color that personified the blood of the resurrected Jesus, was red. Coloring is carried out on Saturday. On the same day, all prepared foods are usually consecrated in temples. Also on the tables may be Artos - consecrated unleavened bread, distributed to believers. But it is not consumed completely, but left on special occasions to eat on an empty stomach in case of illness or mental torment.
- Before the holiday, Orthodox Christians came to the temples and began the procession at midnight. All those who came, headed by the priest carrying the big cross, walk around the church, then return to it to start the ministry.
Useful information: Many believers go to the cemeteries on Easter to honor and remember their deceased relatives.But this is not entirely correct, since the holiday is bright and marks joy, but grief will not be entirely appropriate. But some priests do not condemn such traditions, believing that the memory of the departed is always possible and not a sin.
Knowing the day of the celebration of Easter, you will be able to prepare for the holiday in advance and spend it in all traditions.