In Christianity, Easter or Resurrection Day is preceded by Lent, a period of fasting and penitence in preparation for Resurrection Day, which begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts forty days. The week before Easter, known as Holy Week, is very special in the Christian tradition. The Sunday before Resurrection Day is Palm Sunday, with the Wednesday before Resurrection Day being known as Spy Wednesday. The last three days before Easter are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday sometimes referred to as Silent Saturday.
Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday commemorate Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem, the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Many churches begin celebrating Resurrection Day later in the evening on Holy Saturday at a service called the Resurrection Day Vigil. The day before Easter is called Holy Saturday. Eastertide, or Paschaltide, the season of Easter, begins on Resurrection Day Sunday and lasts until the day of Pentecost, seven weeks later.