Holy Saturday is observed next on Saturday, April 8th, 2023 (184 days from today).
Good Saturday is a wonderful opportunity to honor Jesus, who lay in his tomb after his death, from the perspective of the Christian bible. It is one day after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday. It has many different names such as Easter Eve, Easter Even, Black Saturday, or the Saturday before Easter.
History of Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday or the Easter Vigil is the last day of Holy Week and the end of Lent. This day is traditionally a time for reflection and waiting. The vigil has its origins in the time when followers of Jesus waited all day after his crucifixion on Good Friday. It is also known as the day when the Roman governor Pontius Pilate instructed guards to be posted at the mausoleum to prevent Jesus' followers from disposing of the body to prove that he was resurrected.
Holy Saturday is also known as Big Saturday or Big Saturday, as well as Angel Night. It was the only Saturday allowed for fasting in the early days of the Christian church. According to some information sources, the rapidity took place all day or lasted for 40 hours before sunrise on Easter Sunday in the first century C.E. This day was an important date for baptisms in the early church. Many churches still arranged to organize some large baptismal services on Holy Saturday.
Some people confuse Holy Saturday with Easter Saturday, but this is an incorrect name, since Holy Saturday is the last day of Lent and the eve of Easter. The Saturday after Easter Sunday is known as Easter Saturday, or Morning Saturday. However, it is important to remember that Holy Saturday is often quite similar to Easter Saturday, from the point of view of some governments in certain countries such as Australia.
Symbols of Holy Saturday
The Paschal candle, made of white wax, is a symbol of leading people out of darkness to celebrate Easter. The candle is distinguished by a cross, a letter and an omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet). This symbolizes that Jesus Christ was, and always will be, with humankind, and is with humankind now, according to Christian belief.
How to celebrate Holy Saturday
Many Christians around the world celebrate Holy Saturday by expressing reverence and gratitude that it is the day Jesus lay in the tomb. It is a special day for both sadness and joy of Christians in different cultures. Many churches hold Easter vigils (watches). Discussions about the meaning behind the rituals, prayers, and symbols that are part of the Easter vigil take place during these ceremonies. Some churches also hold large baptismal services on this day.
Good Saturday is similar to Judas Day in Mexico, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot was burned because Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 taels of silver. Street vendors sell dummies of varying heights and make Judas look as ugly as possible. Attempts designed for children are stuffed with candies and hung on everyone's indoor patio. Other effigies are seen on the street or hanging from lampposts. Firecrackers were attached to many of these effigies and were lit as soon as the Glory Mass ended. Children scramble for candy inside the dummies after they explode.
A Czech custom, known as White Saturday, is to rummage through keys and burn Judas by burning the last drops of holy oil in front of the church. Good Saturday is observed by the blessing of Easter food and baskets in Poland. During Holy Saturday, children almost spend time on decorating and coloring eggs on the Saturday before Easter Sunday.
ObservedHoly Saturday has been observed the day before Easter.
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