THE MAJOR CHRISTIAN FESTIVALS
Christianity is one of the most common known types of religion. Christianity as worldly known is rich in different festival; in fact it holds one of the most common festivals of the year. Some of these festivals are:
CHRISTMAS DAY This festival engulfs the Celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem; Christians meet for worship, often at midnight, when the events are retold through words, music, drama, and pictures. This event usually takes place on December 25.
EPIPHANY Celebrates the arrival of the three wise men from the east who came looking for a newborn king and were led by a bright star to Bethlehem; they brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It usually comes after Christmas, which means it holds on January 6.
ASH WEDNESDAY In many churches, most especially catholic, people come forward to be marked with ashes, an ancient symbol of sorrow and repentance; Lent is a time of reflection and fasting which recalls the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert. It usually celebrated at start of Lent (six weeks before Easter) (February/March)
PALM SUNDAY Christians recall Jesus' entry into Jerusalem during the last week of his life, when he was welcomed by people waving palm fronds; other important days of Holy Week are Maundy Thursday, when Jesus shared the last supper with his disciples, and Good Friday, when he was crucified. In some churches they hold palm fronds in their hands when they move around their surroundings to make people know what’s happening. It begins at start of Holy Week (one week before Easter) (March/April
Time of rejoicing that recalls the disciples' discovery that Jesus was alive, and that he had been resurrected; many churches keep a vigil throughout Saturday night so that they can greet Easter Day with services, family meals, and the exchange of flowers and eggs. Between March 23 and April 24 in the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.
This day commemorates the disciples witnessing Jesus being lifted up to heaven 40 days after Easter Day. 40 days after Easter (May/June).
PENTICOST OR WHITSUN
When Jesus left his disciples for the last time after his resurrection, he promised them a 'comforter' who would be with them forever; Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples seventh Sunday after Easter (May/June).
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