- Easter is defined as the Sunday each year that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus with special church services and meals as well as a more secular celebration with Easter baskets filled with candy, delivered by an Easter bunny.
An example of Easter is a day where you can go to a sunrise church service and carry white lilies.
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- an annual Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, held on the first Sunday after the date of the first full moon that occurs on or after March 21
- the Sunday of this festivalalso Easter Sunday
Origin: Middle English ester ; from Old English eastre, plural eastron, spring, Easter; origin, originally , name of pagan vernal festival almost coincident inch(es) date with paschal festival of the church ; from Eastre, dawn goddess ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form Austro (from source German Ostern) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form awes-: see east
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- A Christian feast commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus.
- The day on which this feast is observed, the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox.
Origin: Middle English ester, from Old English ēastre; see aus- in Indo-European roots.
Easter - Cultural Definition
An important religious festival among Christians (see also Christian); it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus after his Crucifixion. Easter is celebrated on a Sunday in spring, and the season of Easter, a time of rejoicing, continues for several weeks. The penitential season of Lent is a time of preparation for Easter.