A Kenyan Easter

In just four days, the Christian world will be celebrating it’s most important moment in the church, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, also known as Easter. In the United States, Easter begins with the Triduum, or the three days leading up to Easter Sunday, starting with Holy Thursday when Jesus had the last supper and then was arrested in the garden. Good Friday is when Jesus was crucified on the cross. Holy Saturday is a day of waiting for Jesus to come back, but there is a big Easter Vigil mass late at night. Then, finally there is Easter Sunday; a day of celebration with both family, friends, and food.

Christians in Kenya also celebrate Easter. Their Easter begins on Good Friday, which is observed as a religious holiday, so no one has to go to work or school. On Friday night, the church has what is called Kesha, an all night service about how Jesus died and was in the tomb for three days. Holy Saturday is a day off for the Kenyans; a day to be with family and relax. Easter Sunday is a day for church services as well as spending time with family and preparing a big feast to enjoy together. The celebration then continues onto Monday, as it is observed as a religious holiday, where there is no work or school.

In addition to the church services, the United States also observes Easter with the tradition of painting of Easter eggs, which are then hidden by the Easter bunny. Sometimes, the eggs will even have candy inside them (only if they are plastic). Kenya, however, doesn’t celebrate with eggs, bunnies, or candy.

While there are a few cultural differences, the celebration of Easter is the same, the rejoicing of the risen Lord!

-Maggie B

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