Happy Easter!

Today billions of people around the world will be celebrating Easter Sunday. Around ⅓ of the world’s population is Christian, which is why so many people will today, be celebrating Easter.

But do you know the real meaning behind the festival that so many people celebrate? If you are Christian I hope this article helps give you a better understanding of the religion you follow, and if you are not, I hope you can learn something new too 🙂

Happy Easter 2011
So, to the origins!

It all started around 2000 years ago with the birth of Jesus Christ. I suspect you already know that he was executed on Good Friday, as you have probably read my post on that, so at this point around 2000 years ago, Jesus should have been dead. However, it is said that he rose from the dead, which is exactly what this day is about for Christians: celebrating the resurrection of Christ their saviour.

So what exactly happened then? Well the bible says that after Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, his body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a tomb, which was guarded by Roman Soldiers. An enormous stone was put over the entrance, to stop people from trying to steal the body.

It is then said that Mary (followed later by some of Jesus’ disciples) then visited the tomb, only to find that the stone had been moved and that his body had gone.

Jesus himself was then by Mary and the disciples later that day and for a short while afterwards by lots of people. His believed that God had raised him from the dead, this is now referred to as the Resurrection.

On Easter Day, many people celebrate by feasting and/or eating chocolate eggs (which symbolise life and rebirth) due to it being the end of Lent, and the beginning of Christ’s rebirth many years ago.

So there you have it, the Holy Week is drawing to a close, so tuck into those Easter eggs!

Today is Good Friday

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ (according to the Bible) happened today around two thousand years ago. Good Friday is a day of mourning in church for Christians.

Jesus was crucified by the Romans, because he was getting to be known by the people as the king of the Jews. The Romans disliked this.

Jesus’ last words are said to be

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit

After his death Jesus’ body was said to have been taken to a cave, where a large stone was rolled over the entrance.

Good Friday 2011

The cross is now a major symbol for Christianity, as the death of Christ on the cross, lead to the beginnings of Christianity.

Merry Christmas!

Billions of people around the world today will be celebrating the Christian festival of Christmas. On this day Christians mark the birth of the founder of the religion – Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Father Christmas (A.K.A. Santa Claus/Saint Nicholas) is commonly associated with the festival in many countries. He is the bringer of gifts, perceiving whether someone has been good or bad throughout the year and giving them a present/presents reflecting that. In France they have a similar character known as Papá Noel/Père Noël, in Iceland he is known as Jólasveinn, Joulupukki in Finland etc.

Father Christmas

I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, I hope you have a really great time!

Merry Christmas! 😀

Its nearly Christmas!

Its only “three sleeps ’till Santa” so what better way to get in the festive spirit than to try out my new festive animation!

Its only three sleeps till Santa

Last year I made a similar animation and posted it on my technology and social blogs, but this year it can be found on my website and three blogs.

I hope you have a great Christmas and a fantastic new year – now sit back, relax and watch the snow fall!

The beginning of Advent

Today is the traditionally the first day of Advent. Advent is the closest Sunday to the 30th of November, which this year falls today on Sunday the 28th of November.

Advent is the period which leads up to the Christian festival of Christmas. Many Advent customs involve counting the days until Christmas begins. In modern times this is marked (especially among children) with the opening of a door on an advent calendar, which, depending on the calendar, may reveal a picture, piece of chocolate etc.

A Christmas scene - including a Christmas tree

Some churches display a wreath for advent which bears five candles, one for each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day, and then one for Christmas day itself – sometimes the wreath only bears four candles.

Many people will put there Christmas decorations up around this time of year, whilst others wait until the night before Christmas. Not all Christian families decorate their homes, but it is common.

Here are two great quotes to start the Christmas countdown

“Remember, this December, that love weighs more than gold.” – Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

i.e. Love is greater than any gift you could ever possibly receive 🙂

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W. T. Ellis

i.e. You must ‘feel’ the festival, for the festival to be a festival!