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Jesus was crucified. He died. He was buried. And he rose again. The resurrection is an essential part of Christianity. There is no Christianity without the resurrection

His first appearance was to Mary Magdalene, on that early Sunday morning. (Mark 16:9; John 20:10-18).
2. Jesus appeared to the women returning from the tomb

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EASTER- Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus


Easter Faith Forum_Easter marks a time of hope for those of all faiths-
The Indianapolis Star April 23 2011

Kanwal Prakash Singh
Interfaith and Sikh community leader

For over 2 billion Christians, the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his crucifixion in Jerusalem on Good Friday more than 2,000 years ago, is a living testimony of God's power and unbound love. This joyous commemoration of Easter is the story of one of the most celebrated manifestations of faith and God's assurance personified.

The awesome power and universal benevolence of God find echoes and affirmations in all spiritual traditions and faith scriptures. The sacred Bible reminds us: "With God, all is possible." The Sikhs recite in Sukhmani Sahib, a part of their daily prayer: "When God's Grace is upon us, God can sustain life without breath; God can bring life back having taken it; God can resurrect new life into the lifeless elements of nature and creation."

The Sikh faith teaches reincarnation: the human soul passing through many life cycles leading to God's grace and eternal reunion. Easter generally falls close to Baisakhi, one of the most important and transforming religious events in Sikh history. Much like other sacred holidays and religious observances, Baisakhi has familiar festive elements: family gatherings, celebrations and the exchange of gifts, as Baisakhi always falls on the first day of the first Indian month (Vaisakh) on the Indian calendar. It is a time of thanksgiving, harvest of wheat crops and Bhangra (the famous and robust folk dance of the Punjab).

Today, thanks to travel, the Internet and the growing convergence of people and cultures, Easter, Baisakhi, Buddha Purnima, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas and other major celebrations are transcending the frontiers of culture, faith and origin.

For me, Easter marks a beautiful time of renewal across the landscape, excitement in the air and within the human heart. It is a time to reflect and honor our diverse faith heritages, and discover common spiritual ground where secular ideas, sacred traditions and myriad cultural expressions prayerfully resonate, unite and lead us forward.




  • According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.
  • The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between AD 26 and 36, traditionally 33.
  • Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon
  • Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar

  • Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but decorating Easter eggs is a common motif. In the Western world, customs such as egg hunting and the Easter Bunny extend from the domain of church, and often have a secular character.