TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It's a day where millions of Christians from around the world celebrate an event that -- according to the Bible -- happened almost 2,000 years ago: celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.
Churches throughout the city of Tupelo held Easter services.
"To me, it's so much more than a holiday, of course," said Bob Hanson, a member of First Baptist Church. "Easter is the most important event in the history of mankind."
Many who attended a church service over the Easter holiday say there is something a little extra special about Easter that makes it all worthwhile to attend.
"It's a day that we believe Christ has risen and we have another belief that we have a chance to always do better," said Tupelo resident Amy Bell. "It's a great time to go to church with your family, to have lunch and celebrate."
"Our Lord gave his life, and not only did he die on the cross for us, but he's risen," First Baptist Church member Tara Lyle said. "That is something that I just thank the Lord every day [for] and I worship him because I have everlasting life."
For some people, the Easter Holiday also serves as an opportunity to get people re-acclimated with church while spending time with loved ones.
"It serves a good opportunity on Easter Sunday to get those people who are not regular attenders to come and see what church and Christ is all about," adds Bell. "Maybe they can get an understanding to come back again."
"It's a good time because we get to see a lot of sons and daughters that we normally don't get to see that have moved off," said First Baptist Church Pastor Chad Grayson. "They come in for some family time to celebrate, It's always good to see those who are visiting back with their family."
That's one reason so many cherish the time they spend together during the Easter holiday.