Tomorrow will be a Good Friday public holiday for Sabah,Labuan,Sarawak & Singapore. No public holiday applies in West Malaysia.
Majority Dayak,Orang Ulu, Kadazandusun, Murut & minority chinese celebrate this occasion. Most of them converted into christians between 1890 to 1963 before the establisment of Malaysia. Christian pioneer are mostly dead now and their children & grandchildren continue this practice.
In Sabah aka North Borneo, during 1970-1975 the Church went through tremendous trials. Missionaries priest and sisters were expelled and Catholics were harassed. (Most Catholic politician & government officers are force to convert to Islam or boot out.) The Church lost control and influence over the mission schools. It was as if all of a sudden the local people had to take over the responsibility of nurturing the orchard which had been laboriously cultivated by the missionaries.
What is Easter?
Christians believe according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion, is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.
In Western Christianity, Easter marks the ending of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Easter. Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday and Ash Wednesday is not observed.
Happy easter for Christians & Happy holiday East Malaysians!