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Christian Holy Days in Vancouver

Easter is the most religious of Christian Holy days for the devout in Vancouver who practice Christianity.

Churches all over the city will be packed for Holy Week and Easter church services.

The history of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus who Christians believe rose from the dead three days after he was crucified.

The Friday before Easter is Good Friday and on this day some Christians choose not to eat red meat and will only eat only fish.

Vancouver restaurants are famous for seafood dinners but on this day more than any other they are jammed packed with people who have make it an outing to go out for a fish dinner after church service on Good Friday. Some fish restaurants to try are the Fish House in Stanley Park or take a drive out to Steveston for sight-seeing and fish and chips.

Another tradition is to wear new clothes at Easter. This custom goes back to the earliest days when Christian converts were baptized at Easter. The newly baptized wore white robes and all others who had already been baptized would were new clothes as a sign of their sharing in the new life of Christ.

Another way to celebrate new life and renewal is to enjoy a stroll along the seawall or take a daytrip out to the Fraser Valley and enjoy the fields of tulips.

The religious significance of Easter doesn't stop the Easter bunny from putting in an appearance though.

Many religious people still include customs such as coloring Easter eggs, taking part in an Easter egg hunt and giving gifts of Easter candy baskets.

Easter falls somewhere between March and April but the date isn't always the same because it follows the cycle of the moon.

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox and that can happen anytime from March 22 to April 25.

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