Christianity isn't just one big religion, there are actually 33,000 different branches of Christianity. For example, Protestant, Catholic, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Maronite. Eastern Orthodox formed when followers disagreed with the Pope and split from the main stream of Christianity. Protestants are mainly in the United States and Roman Catholics are mainly in Latin America.
Christmas is the major holiday, it is a day of celebrating Jesus's birth. Traditions for Christmas are going to mass and having a big feast with loved ones and family. Another tradition is Easter, this is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. On Easter, Christians go to mass and spend time with family. The month leading up to Easter is known as Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something to show sacrifice and self denial. They also don't eat any meat on the Fridays during Lent. The week before Easter, is known as Holy Week. This includes Palm Sunday, which is the entrance of Jesus' into Jerusalem before his crucifix, next is Holy Thursday, which is the day that Jesus had his Last Supper and gave up his body and blood to the Lord. Then is Good Friday, which is the fasting of the day that Jesus died. Lastly is Holy Saturday, which is the day that Christians pray over Jesus's death. Another tradition is Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent when followers receive ashes on their foreheads to represent the sacrifice and self denial.
Some fun facts of Christianity are that Churches are normal built in the shape of the cross and face East towards the rising sun. There are 2.18 million Christians in the world and in 2010 the Catholic church had an income of $97 billion.
By: Julie Maduros and Kali Mardjetko B1