Easter Sunday, most Christians across the globe will celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday has become an excuse for most Filipinos to celebrate the occasion with a party, which, for them, is a welcome respite after a week of reflecting and fasting. Though it also means an end to a long vacation.
For Christians the egg is a symbol of Jesus' resurrection, as when they are cracked open they stand for the empty tomb. No-one actually knows when eggs were first used as symbols at festival times but it was long before Jesus' time.
It is a joyfull day of happiness because the "Lord has Risen" from the dead and has overcome this world and it's evil and has thereby given all a chance to do the same.
I'm now in Dubai. What I miss today is the traditional "Salubong." “Salubong”or “Linggo ng Pagkabuhay” (Resurrection Day) is done at exactly 4:00pm (16:00) and is held in Catholic Churches or in the center of every baranggay.
Before the break of dawn on Easter Sunday, the men folk gather in one place to accompany the statue of the Risen Christ while the women march apart with the image of the Blessed Mother. The two groups (Boys and Girls) meet at a center in front of the church or in our town in Mindoro, the groups meet at the center of the baranggay. While the choir sings the Regine Coeli, a child dressed as an angel descends to remove the black veil covering the Virgin’s face. Everyone in the crowd hail "Alleluia! Christ has risen!" It’s the central feast for Jesus Christ who lived, died, and then rose again after the 3rd day of his crucifixion. It’s also the most important mass/liturgy of the year.
May your Easter be blessed us with health, longevity, love and a lot of happiness! Happy Easter everyone!
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