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Celebrating Easter in Rwanda

By Kwezi Patrick
On 18 April 2014 at 07:56

Although over 90% of the Rwandan population are Christians, its evident that there is low enthusiasm for Easter day celebrations despite being on the calendar days.
During the month of April, the Rwandan community marks Commemoration of Genocide against ethnic Tutsi.
Over a million Tutsi were killed from April 7 until after hundred days of gruesome murders that were halted after intervention by the advancing RPA/F rebels in 1994.
Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda was well planned and (...)

Although over 90% of the Rwandan population are Christians, its evident that there is low enthusiasm for Easter day celebrations despite being on the calendar days.

During the month of April, the Rwandan community marks Commemoration of Genocide against ethnic Tutsi.

Over a million Tutsi were killed from April 7 until after hundred days of gruesome murders that were halted after intervention by the advancing RPA/F rebels in 1994.

Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda was well planned and executed through a network of institutions in the country at that time. Foreign Powers including France and the church were involved in the genocide.

For the Tutsi that ran to hide in churches in anticipation that they would be both physically and spiritually protected within the walls of the church, it turned out to be their instant grave as they held tight onto the rosary. The church never protected them as they believed.

Good Friday marks the start of Easter celebrations. In other parts of the world the season brings together families, pray together and share.

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross.

As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter.

Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

In Western Christianity, Easter marks the end ofLent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Easter.

Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday and Ash Wednesday is not observed.

Because of Easter’s pagan origins, and also because of the commercialization of Easter, many Christian churches choose to refer to the holiday as Resurrection Day.
Easter in the Bible.

The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.

Determining the Date of Easter

In Western Christianity, Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon. Previously Easter was always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox.

However, this was true prior to 325 AD; however, over the course of history (beginning in 325 AD with the Council of Nicea), the Western Church decided to established a more standardized system for determining the date of Easter.

There are, in fact, as many misunderstandings about the calculation of Easter dates, as there are reasons for confusion.


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