Christians celebrate the belief in Jesus Christ’s resurrection during Easter. Located in the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. Christians celebrate with a series of events and holidays, including Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, that begin with Lent (40 days of fasting, prayer, and sacrifice) and ends with Holy Week. Holy Week includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Easter is a very significant holiday for Christians and Protestant denominations. The period before Easter holds special significance as well. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days (not including Sundays). The Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday and commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem when followers laid palm leaves across the road to greet him.

Regardless of denomination, many Easter-time traditions can be traced back to non-Christian and even pagan or non-religious celebrations. These traditions include Easter eggs and games such as egg rolling and decorating.

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