Also referred to as the Resurrection Sunday, the Festival of Easter is celebrated with great zeal throughout the world. It is one of the most prominent festivals according to the Christian calendar.
This Christian festival doesn’t usually fall on the same date every year. People celebrate it on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, which is generally around March 21. The Easter Sunday is considered as a happy day as, according to popular Christian belief, the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolises that death is not the final end.
On the Easter day, Christians go to the church and confess their wrongdoings after which there are recitations of the holy bible. This is majorly done as a symbol of offering a prayer to the almighty. Due to this, Easter carries a great significance in the Christian religion. This year, Easter 2020 will be celebrated on April 12.
The New Testament of the holy book Bible narrates the history of Easter. It depicts how Lord Jesus was crucified by the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Historically, it is believed that Christ had consciously chosen an end like this, as by doing so, he paid for the sins of his followers and devotees.
Three days after he was put to death, he had again resurrected from his grave signifying that as the Son of God he had transcended everything, even death. It is this day which marks the occasion of Easter and is also celebrated as the Jewish Festival of Passover.
The entire week before the Easter festival is considered as the Holy Week where the day of Maundy Thursday, last supper, as well as Good Friday, are honoured in Jesus Christ’s death.
In India, the festival of Easter is celebrated with great zeal. The celebrations of Easter start with Lent (Wednesday) and then end with Easter on Sunday. On this auspicious occasion, all the Christians go to the church for offering their prayers. At the Church, the father narrates how Jesus had suffered for his followers and for all of humanity. The sermon at the church is followed by people gifting each other decorated eggs, flowers and colourful lanterns, cakes, and chocolates as a token of good health and prosperity.
Many states in India observe Good Friday which is before Easter as a gazetted holiday. Thus, taking the long weekend as an opportunity, people generally go on vacations along with their loved ones and make some unforgettable memories for themselves.
In India, the festival of Easter is celebrated with great gusto in places like Goa, Mumbai, and Kochi. This might be so because, in all of these Indian travel destinations, you will come across a considerable number of the Christian population.
1. Easter Celebrations in Goa. Goa witnesses a grand Easter celebration at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
2. Easter Celebrations in Mumbai. Here mass gatherings take place where people offer their prayers to Lord Jesus. Many also visit the famous cafes and restaurants to explore the culinary delights which this festive occasion brings with itself.
3. Easter Celebrations in Kochi. At Kochi, the devotees celebrate Easter with great excitement in their hearts. Here as well, mass prayer gatherings are observed at local churches. Some of the popular local churches like Malayattoor Church and St. Alphonsa’s Church enjoy special Easter Sunday Meals.
4. Easter Celebrations at Visakhapatnam. Here, Christian devotees can be seen holding candles and singing hymns in the honour of Lord Jesus. Many Christians also go to the cemetery in the mornings to light candles and offer flowers to the graves of their loved ones.
Goa is truly a terrific place to travel. Due to a considerable amount of Christian population, the festival of Easter is celebrated with great fervour here. Goa is situated at an approximate distance of 1,875, 580, 2,200, 582 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach Goa via the following routes.
By Air. The best option to reach Goa via air is the Dabolim Airport. It is the primary airport of Goa and its operations are managed by Airport Authority of India. It also acts like a Civil Enclave within a military base, INS Hansa. The airport has good flight connectivity with other Indian cities. After you deboard at the airport, you can easily take a cab to reach your respective destination.
By Road. Depending upon your geographical location, you can also plan a trip to Goa via its well-maintained road networks. For travelling, you can either take your own vehicle or even consider travelling via a cab or interstate buses.
By Train. Two of the major Indian railway stations of Goa are Madgaon and Vasco da Gama. Both of them are very well connected with other Indian states and cities. After you deboard at the station, you can cover the remaining distance by some means of public transport like a cab.
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12 April 2020
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