Easter is a chief Christian feast, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. However, not many know that Easter is not based on the Bible. According to Britannica Online Encyclopedia, “The English word Easter …  is of uncertain origin. One view, expounded by the Venerable Bede in the 8th century, was that it derived from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility…” In other words, “Easter” is related to the pagan goddess of spring and fertility. Moreover, the date of Easter is not calculated according to the Bible. It is celebrated on the Sunday following the full moon next after the vernal equinox. The following YouTube video reveals the origin of Easter.

Then when is the correct Resurrection Day? Jesus was raised from the dead, the firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:20.) This means that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of the firstfruits as written in the Bible. There was the Day of Firstfruits in the Old Testament times. The priest wave the sheaf of the firstfruits on the first day [Sunday] after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For this reason, the Resurrection Day always falls on Sunday [the first day of the week] every year. (Please see this page for more information on the calculation of the date of Easter and  the Resurrection Day.)

Easter eggs were also derived from pagan customs. Easter is not based on the Bible and it’s just a man-made feast. It’s not God’s will to follow man-made rules such as Easter, Christmas and Sunday service. Then, what should we celebrate? We ought to celebrate God’s feasts such as the Passover of the New Covenant. Jesus said, “I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house” (Matthew 26:17-) and also said, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…” (Luke 22:15). He established the Passover for the forgiveness of sins.

This [Passover wine] is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28)

Today, only the World Mission Society Church of God celebrates the Passover of the New Covenant in accordance with the Bible. Christ Ahnsahnghong brought the Passover for our salvation in this age according to the prophecies of the Bible. Please keep the Passover of the New Covenant and receive the promise of the forgiveness of sins.