Today, April 20th, is Easter, a religious holiday celebrated by Christians all over the world.  The holiday traditionally precedes Easter Sunday and celebrates – or, more accurately, commemorates – the death by crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, a central figure of Christianity.

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Easter quotes

Spiritual

“A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.” — Deepak Chopra

“Easter is very important to me, it’s a second chance.” — Reba McEntire

“Earth’s saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart!” — Susan Coolidge

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” — Clarence W. Hall

“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” — S.D. Gordon

“Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”  — Martin Luther

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” — Pope John Paul II

“The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.” — Carl Knudsen

 “Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.” — Floyd W. Tomkins

“To be sure, it was not Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday, but, the more I reflect on it, the more this seems to be fitting for the nature of our human life: we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.” — Pope Benedict XVI, Milestones: Memoirs, 1927-1977

“And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.” — St. Augustine

 “We live and die; Christ died and lived!” — John Stott

Humorous

“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” — Linda Grayson

“Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.” — Marvin Olasky

“Happy Easter everyone! Jesus dies, comes back from the dead — and we get chocolate eggs. It’s like turn-down service from God.” – Dennis Leary

“My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.” — Amy Sedaris

Via IBTimes

Good Friday was celebrated on April 18th (this past Friday).

Easter infographic

Have you ever wondered what happened on Easter or what it is really about? Here is a quick & simple timeline to help you understand the events of Easter.

Infographic source: Jericho Brisance