Easter Sunday is considered by Christians as the most important and sacred Sunday of the entire year because it marks the day when Jesus Christ rose from his grave.
Easter comes at the end of the Holy Week, right after Good Friday, which is considered as a day of mourning because it commemorates the Lord's crucifixion and death.
In the U.S., Easter is celebrated by 80 percent of Americans, and it ranks as one of the popular Church days of the year. Fifty-one percent attend church as part of the celebrations, while 57 percent celebrate the holiday by cooking a special Easter meal.
Easter egg hunts have become part of the tradition in many churches in America. Some say that eggs symbolize new life, just as Christ began a new life on Easter Sunday. The cracked eggs are said to represent an empty tomb.
This year, the Element Church in North Carolina made plans to celebrate the holiday by holding an Easter Egg Hunt with approximately 20,000 Easter eggs at the McNair Stadium.
The Holy Week and Easter are celebrated differently in other parts of the world.
In the Greek island of Corfu, residents hurl clay pots from their balconies to loudly celebrate death's defeat by Christ's resurrection. The tradition has been adopted by the Venetians who threw away their unwanted possessions on New Year's Day, according to The Independent.
In other parts of Greece, midnight mass on Easter is celebrated with a fireworks display, but on the island of Chios, two rival churches engage in a Rouketopolemos or a "rocket war." The parishes of St. Mark's and Panaghia Ereithiani fire homemade rockets at each other throughout the night, and the winner is declared after direct hits to the bell tower are counted the next morning.
In the Philippines, Christ's crucifixion is re-enacted on Good Friday by at least three Catholic devotees. The participants drag their crosses and flagellate themselves before they are actually nailed to wooden crosses. However, the practice has been discouraged by the Catholic Church, and the Department of Health has recommended for participants to get Tetanus shots and use sterilized nails.
In France, the villagers in Haux, Gironde celebrate Easter Monday with the feeding of all of its 1,000 residents with a giant omelet. The town square chefs prepare the 10-feet dish using 5,000 eggs, 110 pounds of bacon, onion, and garlic and cook it on a hand built fire. The feast has only become an annual tradition for 30 years, but it is traced back to a tale when Napoleon asked for a giant egg dish for his troops while they passed through the countryside.
Children in Sweden celebrate the Holy Week in a less conventional way. On Maundy Thursday, the children dress up as witches and knock on their neighbor's doors to ask for sweets. According to Swedish legend, witches went to have a party with the devil in the forest of Blakulla before Easter as he held his earthly court.