Christianity is one the most prevalent religion in the world reaching all the corners of the Earth. It is a significant religion that originated in the first century CE with the life, teachings, and death of Jesus of Nazareth (also known as Christ). Today, there are more than two billion people that believe in Christianity. Christianity has various Christian celebrations due to its significance and amount of followers. The main Christian celebrations are centered on the life and death of Jesus Christ, who is regarded by Christians all over the globe as the son of God and a prophet. These days are frequently declared as general holidays and nonwork days in areas with a substantial Christian population. On certain saints’ days, less significant Christian feasts are remembered; some localities throw lavish celebrations in honor of particular saints.
Here Is the List of The Most Famous Christian Holidays:
- Christmas: Christmas, also known as Xmas, is the most famous Christian celebration and the most celebrated holiday in the entire world. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus which is marked by Western Christians on December 25. Around the world, modern common customs include putting up a tree, sending out holiday greetings to relatives, making cookies for Santa, exchanging gifts, attending church, and gathering for a meal. It should be noted that Eastern Orthodox Christians mark the birth of Jesus on January 7. The New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Luke contain descriptions of Jesus’ birth, or “nativity.” However, Christians disagree on the significance of the narratives; some believe they describe theological rather than factual realities. The date of Jesus’ birth, which was established by Pope Julius in the fourth century CE to Christianize the pagan rituals that took place at that time of year, is not mentioned in the Gospels.
- Easter: Christian Easter is one the biggest Christian festivals that commemorate the third day following Jesus’ crucifixion when He rose from the dead. Depending on the date of the first full moon following the spring equinox, Easter in Western churches occurs on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter typically falls later in the Eastern Orthodox calendar, which employs a different calculation. Easter marks the conclusion of Lent, a prolonged season of penitential preparation and a time of rejoicing. Numerous popular and religious traditions have developed around Easter. One of the highlights of the Christian calendar is the Easter worship service, and for many churches since the late 2nd century, Easter also serves as a time for baptism. On this holy day, an Easter feast is anticipated as well. In remembrance of the fact that Jesus was referred to as the Lamb of God, many families across the world serve lamb. Ham, turkey, and chicken are some more popular roasts. However, in western households, Easter traditions include easter egg hunts, egg-dying, and greeting cards exchanged with delightful sweets.
- Lent and Ash Wednesday: During Lent, Christians focus primarily on prayer, spiritual growth, and if necessary, fasting as they get ready for Easter. The 40-day period known as Lent is significant in Christian scriptures and is when the Gospels report that Jesus fasted at the beginning of his ministry. Since Sundays are not included in the 40 days leading up to Easter, Lent officially begins for Western churches on Ash Wednesday, the seventh Wednesday before Easter. Sundays are observed in eastern churches, and Lent begins on the Monday of the seventh week before Easter and ends on the Friday of the ninth day before Easter.