Title: Easter in Ireland
Author: Time And Date
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Easter Sunday is an occasion for Christians to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, which occurred after his crucifixion according to Christian belief.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Easter Sunday (Domhnach Cásca) is an occasion for Christians to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which occurred after his crucifixion according to Christian belief. Many people in Ireland spend the day with family and friends.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians attend a special church service on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Jesus’ resurrection. Many churches have stained glass windows positioned to catch the early morning sun at this time of the year. Hence, the main church service may be timed to coincide with sunrise.
Many people join close friends and family members after the church service for a traditional Irish meal of roast meat with potatoes, vegetables and stuffing. After the meal, people, especially children, receive and eat Easter eggs. This meal may be particularly festive, as some people choose to eat no meat or sweets between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
Public life is generally quiet on Easter Sunday. As on all Sundays, banks, post offices and many businesses and organizations are closed. Stores and pubs may be open or closed, even if they are usually open on Sundays. Public transport usually runs to a normal Sunday timetable and congestion is unlikely.
From the earliest times, people in Ireland have marked the start of spring. They celebrated that the land had once again become fertile, birds began to lay eggs again and baby animals were born. When Christianity was introduced to Ireland, around the time St Patrick lived, many of these customs became connected with the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion, which is commemorated on Good Friday. Hence, the pagan beliefs around the rebirth of nature joined with the idea of Jesus’ resurrection.
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