Easter in Western Christianity Date in the current year: March 27, 2016

Easter in Western Christianity Easter in Western Christianity ends a long Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and penance. Its is also the culmination of the Passion of Christ.

Easter in Western Christianity is always proceeded by Lent, that begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays). The last three days before Easter are of great importance for the church, as far as they commemorate Jesus' entry to Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), the Last Supper (Maundy Thursday) and the Crucifixion (Good Friday).

Western Christians keep different Easter festivals. Traditional observation of Easter begins on Holy Saturday with the most important liturgy of the year, called Easter Vigil, that is always served after the dusk.

Easter Sunday may have additional celebrations, and they incorporate festive elements. Easter parades are common for American cities, but one tradition is common for most countries: Easter egg roll. Today traditional colored hard-boiled eggs are often substituted with chocolate or plastic eggs full of candies, like jellybeans.

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