One of the most famous Christian celebrations is Easter, and it is celebrated every year on April 1. All around the world, wherever Christians live, they commemorate this day with tremendous pomp and circumstance. Because this event is conducted to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion, it is regarded in high respect by all of the people who live in this particular town. This event is one of the holiest days for Christians worldwide, and it encompasses much more than just food and festivity.
Because many Christian rites have their origins in Jewish customs, the celebration of Easter in Israel takes on a unique significance for the country. Since ancient times, it has been known that the Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the defection of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, was connected with the celebration of Easter 2022, and the Hebrew term Pesach, which originally meant Passover, has come to denote both.
On Easter people usually greet others by saying Christ is risen!”, and the response is “He is risen because the phrase “He is risen” means that Jesus was raised from the dead and is now with God in heaven. It means that he has beaten death because those who believe in him will live forever.
The empty tomb in Jerusalem is where a lot of people come to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
Easter is a time when Christians from all over the globe assemble in the Holy Land of Jerusalem to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem has an Easter daybreak ceremony, which attracts a large number of pilgrims. The historic Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, hosts the annual Easter 2022 celebration. A fragrant cloud of incense rises above the tomb, which Christians believe to represent the location where Jesus was resurrected from the dead, while priests and monks in white robes perform the liturgy.
One of the two specific periods of the year Christian people travel to Israel.
Holy Week & Easter 2022
When it comes to experiencing Holy Week, there is no better place than the Holy Land, where it all took place.
The beginning of the holiday is marked by Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and was welcomed with palm leaves. After the morning Mass, the victorious arrival into the city is reenacted. Thousands march to the Mount of Olives. St. Steven’s Gate (also known as the Lions Gate), the Old City, and the Via Dolorosa are typical procession stops. They pray and sing religious songs in every language.
On Good Friday, the Old City is densely filled with pilgrims eager to retrace Jesus’ steps up to Golgotha, the site of his crucifixion. The Way of the Cross procession begins at 11:30 a.m. from Station I on the Via Dolorosa. It is strongly indicated that you arrive early to view the details. However, be prepared for crowds and remember your manners. Certain pilgrims behave wildly in an attempt to create their route. However, this is a severe parade, and there is no space for impatience.
On Good Friday evening, worshippers reenact Christ’s burial by carrying his body into the tomb in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.
Holy Fire on Holy Saturday
While Holy Saturday may seem unimportant elsewhere, it is a greatly anticipated day in Jerusalem’s Orthodox population. Thousands of Christians from all around the globe congregate once again at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to witness a miracle Holy Fire event on the Saturday preceding Orthodox Easter. The light is said to have magically illuminated two enormous candles from Christ’s grave. The Patriarch then lights a candle and distributes the Holy Fire around the crowd.
Easter Sunday brings in the joy of Christ’s Resurrection. Great masses characterize this day, and pious Christians may feel extreme delight (and perhaps, tears of joy) in their eyes. They will undoubtedly recall the Holy Week they spent in Jerusalem’s ancient settings.