Easter

17 April 2022 - 17 April 2022

Religious

Goa, Goa

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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. It is the time when spring season is at its peak and vibrantly colored flowers bloom, spreading cheer and happiness all around. It is fun following Easter traditions like creating Easter baskets and dyeing Easter eggs. People love gifting Easter candy to each other. 

Easter Sunday is considered a happy day as, according to popular Christian belief, the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolizes that death is not the final end. On 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. 

History And Significance Of Easter

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 that marks the occasion of Easter and is also celebrated as the Jewish Festival of Passover. 

The entire week before the Easter festival is considered the Holy Week where the day of Maundy Thursday, last supper, as well as Good Friday, are honored in Jesus Christ’s death.

Date, Time & Venue of Easter

Easter’s date change from year to year. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon occurs just after the Spring equinox. Based on moon cycles, this holiday may fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter 2023 is going to be celebrated on the 9th of April. Easter celebrations begin early mornings with a special Easter Mass. People arrive at the Church wearing their Sunday best and sing hymns, listen to the sermons, and meet and greet each other. The festival is celebrated all over the world with great fervor and excitement. Goa witnesses mass-scale celebrations, with active participation by locals and visitors. 

Major Attractions Of Easter Festival in India

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, colorful lanterns, cakes, and chocolates as a token of good health and prosperity. 

Official Holiday

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

In Mumbai, 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 that 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

In Visakhapatnam, Christian devotees can be seen holding candles and singing hymns in honor 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.  

How To Reach Goa to Participate in Easter Celebrations

Goa is truly a terrific place to travel. Due to a considerable amount of Christian population, the festival of Easter is celebrated with great fervor here. Goa is also famous as the Party Capital of India and occupies a prominent position on the World Tourism Map. The Destination is easily accessible through diverse modes of transport. Here is how you can reach Goa via the following routes.

  • Nearest Major City. Bangalore
  • Nearest Airport. Goa or Dabolim Airport 
  • Nearest Railway Station. Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama Railway Station
  • Distance from Bangalore. 582 km

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 the 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. 

  • Distance from Dabolim Airport. 43.6 km

By Train. Two of the major Indian railway stations in 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. 

  • Distance from Madgaon Railway Station. 28.5 km
  • Distance from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station. 46.8 km

By Road. Depending upon your geographical location, you can also plan a trip to Goa via its well-maintained road networks. For traveling, you can either take your own vehicle or even consider traveling via a cab or interstate bus. 

  • Distance From Belgaum. 80 km
  • Distance From Hubli. 137 km
  • Distance From Kolhapur. 144 km
  • Distance From Bijapur. 247 km
  • Distance From Shimoga. 248 km
  • Distance From Mangalore. 301 km
  • Distance From Solapur. 326 km
  • Distance From Delhi. 1875 km
  • Distance From Mumbai. 580 km 
  • Distance From Kolkata. 2200 km
  • Distance From Bangalore. 582 km

Frequently Asked Questions About Easter Festival

Q 1. Why is Easter Celebrated?

A 1. It is one of the most prominent festivals according to the Christian calendar. According to popular Christian belief, the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolizes that death is not the final end. 

Q2. When is Easter celebrated?

A 2. Easter 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.

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Q 3. What is the significance of Easter?

A 3. Easter Sunday is considered a happy day as, according to popular Christian belief, the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolizes that death is not the final end. On Easter day, Christians go to the church and confess their wrongdoings after which there are recitations of the holy bible. 

Q 4. When is Easter going to be celebrated in 2023?

A 4. Easter 2023 is going to be celebrated on the 9th of April. 

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