Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. The festival of Christmas does not fall on Jesus' actual birthday, and different denominations celebrate it on different dates. Protestant and Catholic Christians celebrate Christmas on 25 December, while Orthodox Christians celebrate it on 6 January.
In the UK, Christmas is celebrated in both a religious and a secular way. There are church services with carols on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as Christians thank God for his gift of Jesus. Christmas is a national holiday and many Christians, as well as many non-religious people and people of other faiths, have parties with food and gifts.
Christian churches often run events for those in need over the Christmas period, as the idea of Christmas is to spread love and peace. For example, a church might provide a space to give food and temporary shelter to people in need.
Easter begins with Lent, which is the name given to a period of 40 days leading up to the day of resurrection.
The week leading up to the resurrection is known as Holy Week and there are special services held in Christian churches across the week: