According to the Gospels it was at sunrise on the first Easter Day – the 3rd day following Jesus’ death – that the women who followed Jesus found the great stone blocking his tomb had been rolled away, and the tomb empty. The Gospel of John (20.14-16) relates how Mary Magdalene meets Jesus by the tomb, but does not at first recognise him, taking him to be a gardener. Finally realising that he has indeed risen from the dead, as he had promised he would, she runs to tell the disciples the good news.
These events fulfil the prophecy that ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.’ (Luke 24.7).
Easter is related to the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover).