Thursday, 1 April 2010

Easter Week

Cáisc Shona Daoibh, A'Chàisg Sona Duibh, Prospera Pascha Sit

Easter is of course a very special time to Ulster Folk the world over. In Western Christianity, Easter brings the end of Lent, a 40 day period of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter..

The week before Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week. The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday and the last three days before Easter are Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday respectively commemorate Jesus' entry in Jerusalem, the Last Supper and the Crucifixion.

Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are known the Easter Triduum (Latin for 'Three Days').

Across the nine counties of historical Ulster, Easter is still a much loved and is observed by many families, be they Catholic, Presbyterian, or Church of Ireland. Attending Easter services is a very high quality way to experience the very best of Ulster society and culture.

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