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Easter 2023 : Date, History, Significance, Celebration

Published Date: 09-Dec-2022

Referred as one of the most prominent festivals of the Christian community, Easter is celebrated with utmost joy and happiness throughout the world. Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday falls in the Christian holy week that includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. On this day, Lord Christ resurrected as a supernatural entity after leaving his mortal form on Good Friday. On this day, Christians visit churches and recite verses from the holy Bible for offering prayers to the almighty.

In 2023, Good Friday will fall on the 07th April and Easter will be celebrated on 09th April.

Easter History and Significance

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Easter falls in the holy week of Christians which begins with Maundy Thursday, which is observed as the day when Christ had his last supper. On Friday i.e. Good Friday, Christ took his last breath as a mortal. Legends state that Christ paid for the sins of his followers with his own life.

Right after 2-days of his death, Jesus resurrected as an extramundane being in Jerusalem where his mortal avatar was crucified and given death. Therefore, Christians celebrate the day of Christ’s resurrection as the Easter Sunday.

Many Christians still rely on the Julian calendar which varies from Gregorian (Western) calendar. Therefore, many Christians who follow Julian calendar observe Easter, a week later and call it, ‘Orthodox Easter’.

Easter Celebrations across India

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As per a survey, Christians comprise only 3 per cent of the overall population of India. Yet, this day is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm. Christians visit churches on this holy occasion for offering their prayers to Jesus Christ.

At the church, priests recall the suffering through which Christ went for cleaning the sinful deeds of human beings, followed by the magical story of his resurrection. Decorated eggs and bunnies are gifted to each other as a token of prosperity, on this day.

Along with Easter eggs and bunnies, Christians gift chocolate cakes, flowers and colourful lanterns to their loved ones. In cities like Goa and Mumbai, Christian communities organize music and dance functions for celebrating this holy festival.

As many states declare Good Friday as a Gazetted holiday, people usually opt for a weekend getaway during this time.

Best Places to Observe Easter Celebrations in India

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
New Year Sunday 1 January Public
Lohri Saturday 14 January Restricted
Makar Sankranti Saturday 14 January Restricted
Pongal Sunday 15 January Restricted
Basant Panchmi Thursday 26 January Restricted
Republic Day Thursday 26 January Public
Guru Ravidass Jayanti Sunday 5 February Restricted
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wednesday 15 February Restricted
Mahashivratri Saturday 18 February Restricted
Losar Tuesday 21 February Restricted
Holi Wednesday 8 March Public
Ram Navami Thursday 30 March Restricted
Mahavir Jayanti Tuesday 4 April Restricted
Good Friday Friday 7 April Public
Easter Sunday 9 April Restricted
Vaisakhi Friday 14 April Restricted
Eid Ul Fitr Saturday 22 April Public
Buddha Purnima Friday 5 May Public
Rabindra Jayanti Tuesday 9 May Restricted
Rath Yatra Tuesday 20 June Restricted
Eid Al Adha Thursday 29 June Restricted
Muharram Saturday 29 July Public
Independence Day Tuesday 15 August Public
Parsi New Year Navroz Wednesday 16 August Restricted
Onam Tuesday 29 August Restricted
Raksha Bandhan Wednesday 30 August Restricted
Janmashtami Thursday 7 September Restricted
Ganesh Chaturthi Tuesday 19 September Restricted
Id E Milad Thursday 28 September Public
Gandhi Jayanti Monday 2 October Public
Dussehra Tuesday 24 October Public
Valmiki Jayanti Saturday 28 October Restricted
Halloween Day Tuesday 31 October NA
Karva Chauth Tuesday 1 November Restricted
Diwali Sunday 12 November Public
Bhai Dooj Tuesday 14 November Restricted
Chhath Puja Sunday 19 November Restricted
Guru Nanak Jayanti Monday 27 November Public
Christmas Monday 25 December Public
Sargun Preet Kaur
Sargun has an appetite for challenges and creative hurdles that can help her grow as she conquers them one by one. With an innate desire to travel the world, she weaves through life by visiting her dream destinations. When not in her creative zone, Sargun loves to smash in badminton and binge-watch her favourite shows.
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