Easter is a Christian celebration instituted to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, in the aftermath of his crucifixion on the cross.
In Greek and Latin languages, Easter is called Pascha, or resurrection Sunday.
Celebration of Easter is not observed only on Sunday. The process normally begins in some countries with period of Lent to climax on Easter day – a period of 40 days. It normally starts on Ash Wednesday.
Other remarkable events that characterize Easter Celebration are Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
Easter Celebration was observed initially on different dates in different countries. Currently Easter is observed in countries that have Christianity as state region or where majority sizable amount of the population are Christians. The period presently is between late March and early April each year. This became the norm after unification of the date by Christian authorities.
This is the year 2020, and the periods before the celebration of Easter have been thrown into quietude by the deadly coronavirus also known as COVID-19. This pandemic started in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and by early 2020 had started ravaging major countries in Europe especially Italy and Spain who have recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths based on dead per population.
The geometrical spread of the pandemic has forced many countries of the world to declare either partial or total lockdown of their territories. This entails social distance observance whereby people stay apart each within a distance of at least 2 meters. It also entails that more than 20 people cannot gather in any place for whatever reason.
This has put a stop to any form of religious worship which brings people together at worship centre to reverence their God. As the pandemic takes its toll on mankind, people are attributing the scourge to a lot of forces. Some even say it is a punishment on mankind for accumulated evil deeds.
It is noticeable that many people have been taken stock of their earthly activities and have resolved to serve God if they survive the pandemic.
There has been other lock-downs in the past, but none has affected the whole world like COVID-19. Posterity will take a lot of lessons from the events of 2020 that has affected the Easter celebration of the year.