With an estimated 2.1 billion people around the world celebrating Easter, Christians globally are preparing to celebrate what can be summed up as the focal point of their belief system. With that in mind, Rarejaunt.com proudly presents five excellent things to do to immerse oneself in the season.
The Red Sea Pilgrimage:
Let’s start where it all began. According to the Christians, Christ’s death and resurrection was the fulfillment of the Jewish Passover feast, where the Jews passed over from certain death by the Egyptians on the West side of the Red Sea to the Sinai Peninsula. This region of the world is by many standards considered the cradle of civilization, teeming with historical, and archeological specimens. Fascinatingly, the supposed path of the red sea crossing (marked by King Solomon’s pillar) has been examined over the decades for evidence of its literary claims; surely enough numerous underwater ancient chariot wheels and horse shoes have been uncovered providing corroboration for the assertions made by ancient scholars… Could be worth a look if one had the equipment, fiscal backing and time!
If you’re just a casual pilgrim however, there is still much to do in the form of things to see. Such as the white sand beaches of 1) Sharm El Luli beach in Marsa Alam, Egypt. Camels, crystal clear waters and the cognizance of thousands of years of rich history add an otherworldly charm to Sharm El Luli. Another incredible visit while in the area would be the 2)The Heavenly Cathedral (Sharm El Sheikh) , filled with historical murals, beautiful sites and sounds and an incredible Pascha (Easter) service sure to give onlookers a moving experience.
Possibly the most contended over city in human history. Entire volumes of books have been written on this place ranging a broad spectrum of topics, not to mention travel. Instead, we’ll list two items (for now) which could be truly enjoyed from the perspective of the budding adventurer. 3)The Stations of the Cross Walk. Follow a group of the faithful and the curious as they attempt to follow Christ’s physical footsteps during the Easter season from the garden of Gethsemane to the Crucifixion as closely as possible, and witness firsthand a path taken infamously by one of the most prominent carpenters in the world on his journey to execution by the Romans. 4) The Garden Tomb. There are several spots speculated to be the temporary resting place of Christ’s body, this one above many comes with rave reviews as it is said to leave a myriad of it’s visitors with a transcendent feeling.
Finally, one can witness the 5) lighting of the flame at midnight (Saturday going into Easter Sunday) in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The flame is meant to be a symbol of the resurrected Christ which is slowly passed around and used to illuminate the candles of everyone in attendance. Each year thousands attend to witness the event, and from any standpoint it is both moving and aesthetically beautiful to behold.