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The Easter tradition has a rich history that is often overlooked. Where did the tradition come from? What are its connections with the Jewish Passover? Here Patheos writers explore the history of Easter to provide answers to these and other questions.

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Here we answer some of your frequently asked questions about Easter like when is Easter? How do I have a happy Easter? What makes a good Easter for children? Whether painting Easter eggs, or preparing that traditional Easter ham, family traditions and rituals enhance the Easter experience for parents and children. In our "Easter in the Home" section Patheos writers provide some of the best ways to celebrate Easter in the home and with your family. Holy Week offers a full panoply of opportunities for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on Jesus' Seven Last Words, on his prayer at Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the Maundy Thursday, Last Supper, and more. The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What special doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the dogmas and spiritualities of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. More than any other Christian season, Holy Week, Triduum and Easter are rich in ritual and liturgical traditions. Here Patheos writers explore these traditions to provide reflection and explanation for the practices and rites of the Easter season. The Easter tradition has a rich history that is often overlooked. Where did the tradition come from? What are its connections with the Jewish Passover? Here Patheos writers explore the history of Easter to provide answers to these and other questions. Why did Easter become connected with things like Easter eggs, lilies, bunnies, chicks, and pink confetti? How did these symbols get caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus? Patheos writers crack open the Easter egg to provide answers to these questions. Easter is often the most moving season of the Christian year. Easter themes have inspired countless movies, books and artwork. Here Patheos writers explore how the Easter season influences our art and entertainment, reviewing the best of Easter art.

Recent Perspectives on the History of Easter

Messiahs by the Sackful

Messiahs by the Sackful

Philip Jenkins

In his weakness and apparent worldly failure, Jesus, we are told, represented a truly odd candidate for messiahship.

A Patheos FAQ on Holy Week and Easter

A Patheos FAQ on Holy Week and Easter

Kathleen Mulhern

What's Easter all about, and where did its traditions come from?

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Easter Stories

Easter Stories

Philip Jenkins

Christians should know that in the long run, the One remains; the many change and pass.

What Is Holy Week?

What Is Holy Week?

Kathy Schiffer

As early as the 4th century, the Church celebrated this "Great Week" with profound sanctity. It begins with Palm Sunday, which marks Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with a procession of palms. At the Palm Sunday liturgy, the Passion narrative is read in its entirety. Especially important for Catholics is the Easter Triduum, the three days just before Easter.

Harrowing Hell

Harrowing Hell

Philip Jenkins

The apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus fills a logical gap in the canonical gospels. We know that Christ died on Good Friday, and was resurrected on Easter Day. But where was he on Holy Saturday? The descent into Hell provides one answer.

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