What is Eastertide?
Easter Sunday is only the beginning!
A great fifty-day feast (known as “Eastertide,” “Easter Season,” or “Easter Time,” as well as “Paschaltide,” “Paschal Season,” or “Paschal Time”) kicks off on Easter Day and finishes on Pentecost Sunday.
Easter is the high point of the Church Year, reflected in the fact that our Lenten fast only lasts forty days (not including Sundays), while Easter is fifty days. It makes sense that we would party for so long. After all, the main point of the whole gospel is to prepare us for an eternal celebration and the Great Feast of the Lamb!
During Eastertide we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life.
So let the feasting begin!