1. a period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep, especially to keep watch or pray.
2. (in the Christian Church) the eve of a festival or holy day as an occasion of religious observance.
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Easter is the holiest day of the Christian calendar, the day when Jesus Christ, the son of God according to that faith, was resurrected from the dead. The holiday is observed by Christians on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs between March 22 and April 25, inclusive.
Blasphemously, Melvin and I profess to having seen him on the vigil of Easter—two years ago today—at a Daytona Cubs game.