As the Holy week enters into its fifth day, Christians are set for the Easter festivities, beginning , with the Maundy Thursday, the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples.
It was at this event that Judas Iscariot, one of his 12 disciples, betrayed him with a kiss to signal the Roman soldiers to arrest him.
On Friday, Christians in Ghana, would join other faithful across the world, to celebrate Good Friday, which marks the Crucifixion death of Jesus Christ, at the hands of the Romans some 2,000 years ago, at Calvary.
The day is significant on the Christian calendar, as it affirms the belief in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ to reconcile man with God following the curse and separation caused by the disobedience and sin of Adam and Eve.
Most churchgoers would wear traditional mourning clothes – dark colours mainly, in black, red, and brown. Solemn hymns and songs, amid the preaching of repentance and salvation, would characterize the services.
Some churches are holding conventions across the country, while the Catholic Church would organised the Stations of the Cross to depict the journey of Christ’s agonizing march to his crucifixion and death.
Holy Saturday, the transition between Crucifixion and the Resurrection, would precede Easter, the Resurrection Sunday.
Easter is marked by worshipers clad in white attires with joyous early morning services to celebrate the victory of Christ over death and the power of God over Satan. It also affirms the belief that faithful Christians will enjoy eternal life in heaven.
There would also be praise and worship concerts. Easter, the most important event on the Christians calendar, is the bedrock of Christian faith. Thus without the Resurrection, there would have been no Christianity.
Theologians put the earliest recorded observance of Easter in the 2nd Century, though it is believed it could have been marked much earlier than that.
With picnics, get-togethers and other fun activities, Ghanaians would mark the Easter Monday Holiday.
The Kwahus in the Eastern Region are noted for their passionate celebration of Easter, with homecoming events.