According to the New Testament, three days after crucifixion, Jesus rose from dead. The followers of Christianity celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday( which is also known as Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday ) which falls two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday(which refers to the last supper). Easter is the central festival in the Christian religion. First week of the Easter season is referred as Easter Week and it also marks the end of Lent, which is a season of fasting, prayer and penance. Easter Friday is commemorates the day when Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross.
In the year 325 AD, the first council of Nicaea convened and established the Easter rule that says Easter should be celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon, following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox. Even though the equinox falls on March 20 in most years, ecclesiastically equinox is considered to be on March 21. As full moon is not always astronomically fixed date, Easter is said to be a moveable festival in respect to the civil calendar. Hence the Easter date fluctuates between March 22 and April 25.
Activities such as the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts have become a part of the Easter holiday’s celebrations, thus making it one of the favored festivals with children after Halloween that attracts many Christians and non-Christians alike.
Almost all schools offer spring break to include the Easter Week making it a good time to take the family on vacation. Whether one wish to just enjoy the early spring sun or participate in any Easter activities there are a number of excellent destination spots for Easter vacation. Listed below are some of the most preferred destinations during Easter vacation.
If you would like to enjoy warm weather and more, you can travel to Mexico where Easter is celebrated with enthusiasm and zeal. Everywhere you can find various festivals glorifying the life of Christ. Passion Plays are the most popular act, celebrating the Last Supper, betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
If one wishes to enjoy a good Easter Parade along with some fun by gambling in those famous casinos that one should head to Atlantic City. The nation’s oldest Easter Sunday parade is celebrated along the boardwalk in Atlantic City.
It does not matter when you would like to go; a cruise offers an excellent family vacation irrespective of whether it is an Easter or any other vacation. Most cruise liners offer excellent packages during Easter Vacation and the price is all inclusive and there are activities for all groups and ages. Most cruises offer variety of Easter related activities. Some of them are Face Painting and egg hunt for the kids, Easter mass, traditional Easter lunch buffet that includes many delicacies.
If one wishes to enjoy the beautiful nature and weather and also avoid the crowds, then one could choose Hawaii where you could attend the Easter Sunrise Service at Ala Moana Beach. Also various hotels organize egg hunts for kids and some diving centers will hold an underwater egg hunt which attracts many scuba divers.
This seems to be one of the most preferred destinations during Easter Vacation. You could attend the White House Egg Roll, provided if you are able to get tickets. If Washington, D.C seems to be your likely destination then it is suggested that you book the tickets online for the White House Egg Role event well in advance. Only limited numbers of tickets are available and you could book through the National Park Service. Let’s say you could not get the Egg Roll Tickets then there are Smithsonian museums that are free and please all groups and ages.
If you would like to enjoy the historical significance then you could reach out to Boston. Spring time is the perfect time as the trees will be blooming and the weather will be cool and comfortable to hit the ‘Freedom Trail’, the historical walking tour. The State department of Conversation and Recreation hosts the year egg hunt and if you want to watch whales then you could go on one of the whale-watching tours.