The Holy Easter Festival | Bidyot Bhowmik
Christians across the globe celebrated the holy festival of Easter with due solemnity, Church services, necessary rituals with religious fervour which started on 2nd April up to 5th April in 2021. Easter celebration generally include Church services, festive family meals, Easter eggs decoration and gift giving. Easter includes Good Friday or Holy Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. There is a national holiday for Easter in the whole of Europe, in the continent of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Parts of Africa and Asia. Christianity is the largest religion on earth with 2.382 billion population. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Accounts of the Christian Gospel state that the son of God, Jesus Christ was put to death sentence by crucifixion by the then Roman Governor Pontius Pilate after Jesus was inhumanly betrayed by Judas. Easter Sunday is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary approximately in 30 A.D..
The holy book of the Christians is the Bible. In the Bible, the New Testament states that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ which Easter celebrates, is the true foundation of Christian faith. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness and justice. For those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection, “death is swallowed up in celestial victory by the resurrection or rebirth. Any person who chooses to follow Jesus receives “a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Through faith in the working of God, those who follow Jesus are spiritually resurrected with him so that they may walk in a new way of life and receive eternal salvation. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Jesus Christ.
This year of 2021 also Christians are commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion and his resurrection with limited people in church services generally attended by many followers marking Good Friday in a world restricted by the coronavirus pandemic. Pope Francis of Vatican city, who is also the head of the Roman Catholic church, celebrated Easter Mass in Rome on Sunday with limited followers at St Peter’s Basilica, instead of the huge square outside, and in the United Kingdom, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivered his traditional Easter sermon on Sunday. In the United States, major denominations are adhering to the restrictions and keeping parishioners limited to stop the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev Justin Welby in U. K. urged people to use the tragedy as a turning point where we choose a “better future for all”, rather than a society that only benefits the rich and powerful. The archbishop of Canterbury further said: “In this country, in this world, we have a choice over the next few years. “We can go on as before Covid, where the most powerful and the richest gain and so many fall behind. We have seen where that left us or we can go with the flooding life and purpose of the resurrection of Jesus, which changes all things, and choose a better future for all. The overwhelming generosity of God to us should inspire the same by us, in everything from private acts of love and charity to international aid generously maintained. We have received overwhelmingly, so let us give generously.”
Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church which has 1.3 billion followers in the world also called on Governments to act in the face of inequality during the Covid-19 pandemic during an Easter service at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. While also highlighting the virus’s impact on people’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, he asked states to avoid vaccine nationalism.
Pope Francis said: “I urge the entire international community, in a spirit of global responsibility, to commit to overcoming delays in the distribution of vaccines and to facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries.” He also called for more public assistance to “those who have lost their jobs or experience serious economic difficulties and lack adequate social protection
Wishing all of you all the best from the bottom of my heart on this holy festival of Easter.
Columnist, writer and advisor to CBNA | Montreal, Canada | 4thth April, 2021