Ask any religious denomination other than Christians to name two Christian festivals and the answers will be Christmas and Easter. Such is the effect of these two festivals around the world. And to the billions of followers of Christianity, these two festivals have a very special significance. Celebrating them in Jerusalem adds an additional aura.

Christos Anesti!
Easter in JerusalemRobW_ / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day following is crucifixion – Good Friday. It is the culmination of a 40 day period of fasting, prayer, and repentance called Lent that forms part of the Passion of Christ. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week. Given that the crucifixion and resurrection occurred in Jerusalem, what could be better than celebrating this inspiring event in the city in which it transpired?

Assuming that you do want to partake in all the Easter festivities in Jerusalem, it may be worth your while organizing car rental in Jerusalem for the duration of your stay so as to really benefit from every moment.

Imagine attending the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where it is believed that Jesus was crucified and is now buried. Both Catholics and Protestants take turns in holding ceremonies in this church, so no matter what your denomination, you are catered for. During Holy Week, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is only open on Saturday. The Church is bathed in the light of candles lit by the holy fire that symbolizes Christ’s resurrection.

The atmosphere during the whole of Holy Week in Jerusalem is unlike any you will experience anywhere as Christians from all over the world make a pilgrimage to follow in the steps of Christ. On Easter Day, irrespective of ethnicity, all Christians gather in Jerusalem’s Old City to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

Christos Anesti!
Easter in JerusalemRobW_ / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

People dress predominantly in white and gold, representing angels and triumph respectively. Similarly, just as Easter celebrates life after death, it also celebrates renewal of the seasons with Spring following Winter.

During Holy Week there is no end of inspiring things to do and see. You can gather with other Christians at the Mount of Olives and see from where Jesus entered Jerusalem and foretold of his fate to his followers. A visit to the Coenaculum where Christ held the Last Supper and administered the first ever holy communion to his disciples.

Relive Jesus carrying his own crucifix on the Via Dolorosa. Today, followers carry modern day crosses and stop at the 14 “Stations of the Cross” that commemorate events that occurred along the way. The last 5 stations are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Try doing all this anywhere else but in Jerusalem.