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History of EASTER
In the Christian tradition, Easter is preceded by a preparatory period of abstinence and fasting lasting approximately forty days, generally called Lent. Ash Wednesday begins in the Roman rite. In the ordinary form of the Roman rite, the last week of the Lenten season is called the Holy Week. A period full of celebrations and dedicated to silence and contemplation. It begins with Palm Sunday, which recalls the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, where he was received triumphantly by the crowd waving in salute to palm leaves. For this reason in the Catholic churches, during this Sunday, blessed olive branches (sign of the Passion of Christ) are distributed to the faithful. In the ordinary form of the Roman rite, the last days of Holy Week mark the end of the time of Lent and the initial and central part of the Easter Triduum. During Holy Thursday, in the morning, the Chrism Mass is celebrated in the cathedral, during which the Bishop consecrates the holy oils. To ordain the priests and to celebrate the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. The Ninth Hour of Holy Thursday is the last liturgical celebration of the time of Lent which ends before the beginning of the Vespertina Mass in Coena Domini. The vestments follow the rules of liturgical colors. Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross. During this day Mass is not celebrated, but liturgical action in the Passion of the Lord is officiated. Also during Good Friday, in some parts of the world, various celebrations or processions are organized. Holy Saturday is said alite, because on this day the Mass is not celebrated, but the Easter Vigil, which recalls the Resurrection of Jesus.