Easter Traditions in America

This year on Sunday, April 1, many Americans will celebrate Easter – the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion almost 2,000 years ago.

Some churches hold vigils the night before Easter to greet the new day at sunrise and reflect on the meaning of resurrection. Above, the Capitol Church held sunrise Easter service at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.