Easter is not merely a one-day celebration; it is a fifty-day season from Easter to Pentecost. This extended season - one seventh of the year - is a victory celebration, a time for all Christians to proclaim boldly their faith in a risen and victorious Savior Jesus Christ.
Easter is the richest and most lavishly celebrated festival of the Church Year. Congregations may hold a sunrise service, commemorating the surprise of the women visiting the empty tomb of Christ in the early morning.
The colors of Easter are predominantly white and gold. White, the color of our Lord's holiness and resurrected glory, is everywhere on Easter, from the altar cloths to traditional Easter lilies. Gold decorations remind us that our resurrection life in Christ is precious and eternal.
The Hebrew word of praise, "Alleluia", (literally "praise God"), absent in the season of Lent returns with gusto at Easter and is heard everywhere in the service and hymns.
During the Easter season, Christian often greet on another echoing the words of the angel on Easter morning, referring to Jesus, "He is risen!" A response is often offered, "Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!"
The joyous and celebratory tone of the resurrection victory echoes down through the Sundays of the Easter season. Forty days after Easter, the Church celebrates the Ascension of Our Lord, who went up into heaven not only as God but also as man. The final Sunday of the Easter season, celebrated as Pentecost, was adopted by early Christians to commemorate the first great harvest of believers in Christ (Pentecost in the Old Testament was a harvest festival). Thus Pentecost is the birthday of the New Testament Church, as the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and they gave their compelling witness about the resurrected Lord and baptized thousands into His death and resurrection.