Catholic Easter on April 1 of the year: traditions and customs of the holiday
The division of Christianity into Orthodoxy and Catholicism had no effect on the most important religious events. To this day, Easter remains the most long-awaited holiday for Christians, therefore, it is celebrated in many countries. The traditions and customs of Catholic Easter are no less surprising than those that have become familiar to Orthodox believers.
Easter is the most important event in the church calendar. On this day, believers remember the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as his suffering and painful death. Indeed, this event deserves special attention, so it is celebrated in many countries.
After Christianity was divided into Orthodoxy and Catholicism, many changes occurred. However, the changes did not affect the significance of religious events, despite the fact that Catholic and Orthodox Easter is celebrated on different days and has its own traditions and customs. Find out how the Catholic Church celebrates the most awaited event, which will take place on April 1st.
The traditions and customs of Catholic Easter
Like Orthodox believers, Catholics observe Lent before Easter. He is not as strict as the Orthodox, and on some days it is allowed to eat fish and eggs. However, during this period it is important to monitor your health, to adhere to church laws and not to forget that the main goal of fasting, first of all, is spiritual purification.
For Catholics, the Holy Fire is a symbol of the light of the Lord God. In the temples it is kindled before the beginning of the service, and during the service with its help the main church candle is lit — paschal. Believers can take the Sacred Fire into their home to keep it in their home lamp until the next Easter.
In England, Pure Thursday is considered the day of alms. On this day, one of the members of the royal family gives out money to the poor and treats them with Easter meals. This ritual has been observed for many years and to this day does not lose its relevance.
The festive meal is an important part of Catholic Easter. On the table must be present Easter dishes, previously consecrated in the temple. The central place on the table is occupied by painted eggs. The difference is that in some countries chocolate is used instead of chicken eggs.
In England, the main festive dishes are lamb, pastries and Easter sweets. In America, the main Easter treats are potatoes, fruit and vegetable salads. In Germany, no Easter table can be imagined without baked fish and desserts.
Before starting the meal, the Germans eat soup seasoned with seven herbs.
Morning worship will begin with playing the organ. During the festive service, believers can consecrate Easter dishes and take with them the Holy Fire, which is customarily stored in a homely lamp. It is believed that cleans the house from the negative and helps to establish harmony in relations between the household.
At the same time, the traditional rite of consecration of fire and water is held.
One of the symbols of Catholic Easter is the narcissus, the embodiment of spring and purity. In another way, this flower is called Easter bell. However, the main symbol of Western Easter is still the Easter Bunny. The history of its appearance is known since pagan times.
In spring, people began to worship Ostara, the goddess of spring and fertility, at the same time the rabbit became the main symbol of the day of the vernal equinox and fertility. After that, it was believed that the hare brings more beautiful and tasty eggs than chicken, and also gives children sweets and gifts. In Catholic countries, the celebration of Easter is accompanied by solemn parades, where people dress up in rabbit costumes, and also give each other soft toys and souvenirs in the form of small hares.
In Western countries, Easter exchange of gifts is an obligatory part of the holiday. Chocolate eggs in baskets, toys, sweets and festive treats are presented as surprises.
The traditional fun of Easter is the rolling of Easter eggs from the mountains. In America, an annual competition is held, where the winner is the one whose egg rolls further. This type of entertainment is especially popular among children and teenagers.
The Catholic and Orthodox Easter has one important similarity — it is customary to celebrate the holiday at home, with your family. In Western countries, on Easter evening, lights are turned on in every house, and the streets themselves become almost empty. During the Passover meal, loved ones exchange congratulations, gifts, and positive emotions.
Swearing and even talking on high tones on this day is prohibited. At the festive table also can not remember the dead and scold enemies.
Catholics believe that on Easter, no acquaintance is an accident. That is why lonely girls and boys in the afternoon stroll through public places in the hope of meeting their love. There is also a sign that acquaintance on Easter day can grow into a long-term friendship.
Holy Week — the final period of Lent and the last week before Easter. At this time, believers must carefully observe all church laws, courtesy of traditions and prohibitions. We wish you happiness and love, and don’t forget to press the buttons and