The Easter story – what happened on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday? – The Sun

EASTER 2020 is here and you need only look around the supermarkets filled with Easter eggs and hot cross buns to know its that time of year again.

But what is the true story of Easter? Here's everything you need to know.

What happened on Good Friday?

Easter is a Christian tradition that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and marks the end of Lent.

Those who follow the Bible believe that Christ was crucified at Calvary on Good Friday.

Accounts of the Gospel state that the son of God was betrayed by Judas, before he was sentenced to death.

Christians believe Jesus sacrificed himself to save mankind from sin.

After the crucifixion, the scriptures say that Jesus’ body was taken from the cross and placed in a tomb guarded by Roman soldiers.

What happened on Easter Sunday?

Three days after Christ was nailed to the cross Mary Magdalene, followed by some of Jesus’ disciples, discovered that Christ’s body had disappeared from the tomb.

The Bible says when the stone covering the entrance to the tomb was moved, the Jesus' corpse was nowhere to be found and onlookers discovered he had risen.

Christians believe the Son of God was resurrected on this day, which has become known as Easter Sunday.

Easter falls on different dates annually, ranging between March 21 and April 25 depending on lunar patterns.

In 2020 Easter falls on Sunday, April 12, meaning Good Friday is the 10th and Easter Monday is the 11th.

What happened on Easter Monday?

Easter Monday comes after the weekend of Christian celebrations remembering the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday and his return to life on Easter Sunday.

After his resurrection, it is believed that Jesus remained on earth for 40 days after his resurrection, appearing to several people encouraging them to spread the Gospel to the rest of the world.

According to Easter Monday is the beginning of the Easter Octave for Roman Catholics.

Easter Monday is a bank holiday for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It is not an official bank holiday in Scotland although councils have the power to make certain days "local" public holidays.

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