Easter begins with Ash Wednesday which is a day of fasting and religious observances for all Christians, and continues for 46 days up until Easter Sunday which excludes the following six Sundays, including the last day being Easter Sunday.
During these 40 days Christians all over the world not only indulge in the traditional fast but also seek to cleanse themselves and refrain from many of their normal daily chores, placing great emphasis on the observances.
Weddings and parties are avoided and any celebrations are postponed up until this season which is called Lent culminates with the celebrations of Easter Sunday.
Closer to the Easter Sunday, it was on Holy Thursday, the day that Lord Jesus Christ partook the Last Supper with his closest Apostles and after being betrayed was crucified on the cross on Good Friday.
Good Friday is also a special day reserved for prayer as it is believed that what Jesus Christ underwent on the cross is for all mankind.
It is believed by all Christians and Muslims too, that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and was taken to Heaven by God where he lives to this day.
It is the rising from the dead that is celebrated by all Christians all over the world to commemorate that happiness of believing that Jesus Christ is still among their midst and has not left them.
From the time that the period of Lent begins it is a period of religious observances and conducting one’s life in a very solemn and dignified way to remember the One who gave his life for his followers.
Easter Sunday is not a Federal Holiday in the United States of America but most businesses would remain closed and it would be more a day of celebration after the days of fasting and religious observances over the preceding period.
The Easter egg that has become a symbol of this day is a practice that has come down from the days that the Irish believed in the Pagan religion which symbolized the birth of all young animals which was what Paganism depicted to a great extent, the Nature.
Searching for Easter eggs has come down from that practice and is still one of the cornerstones in the Easter Sunday celebrations though it was from an era gone by and does still exist.
Most of the Catholic celebrations are origins from Ireland which was the rebirth of Catholicism when St. Patrick converted the Irish from their Pagan religion but using most of their symbols to let them understand Christian Catholicism better which they did and brought success to St. Patrick by being able to convert most of the Irish from their Pagan believes.
The Irish are a very religious lot today and celebrating the period from Lent is one of their major religious objectives and they do it with a lot of commitment and celebrating Easter Sunday which culminates the long period is a day that they look forward to join with family and friends.