A lot of Churches start the Easter Sunday celebrations at Midnight on Easter Eve. Candles are used in churches all over the world to start the Easter Day Midnight celebrations. Candles help Christians to remember that Jesus is the light of the world and that when he rose to life on Easter Day he got rid of the darkness of evil.
Easter Sunday or Easter Day is the most important day of the year for Christians. It is when they celebrate that three days after being killed, Jesus rose from the dead, sometimes called ‘the Resurrection’ and defeated evil forever.
In some churches, the service starts in darkness. Then twelve candles are lit and these are taken round the rest of the church lighting the other candles. When a candle is lit the Priest says ‘Christ is Risen!’ and the congregation respond ‘He is Risen Indeed!’. In Greek , fireworks are sometimes used on this day.
Churches are filled with flowers on Easter Day. These represent new life. Priests wear their best, brightest robes in celebration.
Thousands of people from all over the world go to it to celebrate Easter Day.
Lots of Christians also go to Sunrise services held early in the morning to celebrate the start of Easter Day.