Easter and Qing Ming – celebrating life and death at Easter
Why seek the living among the dead? The tomb is not the place to search for life. The death conveyed by Qingming and the life conveyed by Easter represent the despair of the world and the hope of the Christian faith. Because of Jesus, death is dead!
From East to West – Qing Ming and Easter
Both a spring festival contemplating the reverent themes of life and death, Qingming Festival focuses on remembrance, while Easter celebrates rebirth. The two holidays share similarities, and their differences shed light on their respective cultural heritage.
The swept tomb vs the empty tomb
Each spring almost one-fifth of the world’s population observes a tomb-oriented holiday that isn’t Easter. Yet despite the mass observance of this festival, most Christians in the West are unfamiliar with it.
What is Easter – understanding the history and symbols
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53). Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin.
Celebrating Holy Week in China
Many churches in China marked Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday with special worship services. This week we are posting two articles from China Christian Daily that highlight the celebrations. The first article shows vibrant pictures from the Palm Sunday service at the Yanjing Theological Seminary chapel on the north side of Beijing. The second article describes the Easter Sunday service at the historic Moore Memorial Church in Shanghai.
Easter in Asia
From Easter egg hunts in Palu (Indonesia’s Sulawesi province) and reenacted crucifixions in the Philippines to church closures in predominantly Muslim Indonesia and mass Catholic baptisms in China, a number of traditions, trends and troubling political realities reveal a church heavily in flux across Asia today.