Holy Week-One of Important festivals of Christians

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday. Holy Week begins with the sixth Sunday in Lent. This Sunday observes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that was marked by the crowds who were in Jerusalem for Passover waving palm branches and proclaiming him as the messianic king. Holy Week is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship. Some church traditions have daily services during the entire week between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. However, usually only Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday are times of special observance in most churches.

Palm Sunday

In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day’s ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of boughs of box, yew, willow or other native trees. On the occasion of Palm Sunday, Christians thronged the churches in all parts of the state to participate in special masses and prayers, which marked the beginning of the Holy Week that commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem ahead of his capture and crucifixion. Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Palm Sunday was celebrated on March 28, 2010.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday”.Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion.Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility.Some Christian churches observe a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples.The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command.”Maundy Thursday refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

Good Friday

Good Friday is a day of strict fasting and abstinence. Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Good Friday.Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, commemorates the Passion and Death of Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. No Mass is celebrated on Good Friday.Good Friday is the day on which Jesus was crucified.The Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good. However, the results of Christ’s death are very good, so Good Friday referred to as “good”.

Easter

Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar.Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of faith as Christians.On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and alms giving known as Lent. With the resurrection of Christ, God’s Kingdom is established on earth, in the form of the Church. Easter eggs one of important part of Easter festival. Easter eggs are special eggs given to celebrate the Easter holiday or springtime.The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.

2010

  • Palm Sunday (Oshana Sunday): 28 March 2010
  • Maundy Thursday : 01 April 2010
  • Good Friday : 02 April 2010
  • Easter Sunday: 04 April 2010