Celebrating Easter and Passover

April 7, 2012 Updated Apr 7, 2012 at 11:23 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

April 7, 2012 Updated Apr 7, 2012 at 11:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Christians and Jews are observing both Easter and Passover at the same time this year.

For Christians, Easter marks the end of Lent and Holy Week. It is the day Christians believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion on Good Friday.

For Jews, Passover is an eight day festival that began Friday with the traditional Seder feast. Passover dates back to ancient Egypt when the Israelites were freed from slavery.

No matter what religious faith you have, leaders say the message of "overcoming" and "sacrificing" can be applied to everyone.

Catholic Bishop Edward Kmiec told Eyewitness News in a recent interview that Holy Week is when Catholics come together in penance, prayer, and celebration on Easter.

Rabbi Laurie Green of Temple Beth Zion noted that it is time to recognize the customs of the faith, and to also enjoy time together with family, friends and food.

Food is what many people sought out at the Broadway Market. The iconic indoor shopping center on Broadway brought tens of thousands of people to pick up traditional meats, baked goods, candy, and specialty items for the season.

The market is closed Easter Sunday, but will re-open on Dyngus Day Monday - a day when people of Polish heritage celebrate the end of the Lenten season.