Whether celebrated on a date based on the Gregorian Calendar or the Julian Calendar, the Holiday of Easter remains a day where Christians commemorate their belief surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his crucifixion.

As the 40-day Lenten period between Ash Wednesday and Holy Sunday is well underway, we’ve pulled some other Easter-related AP style terms for journalists who might find themselves reporting on in the coming weeks.

Jesus, Jesus Christ Pronouns referring to him are lowercase, as is savior.

Capitalize the names of holy days like “Good Friday.”

Capitalize the names of major events in the life of Jesus Christ in references that do not use his name: “The doctrines of the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension are central to Christian belief.”

  • Lowercase when the words are used with his name: “The ascension of Jesus into heaven took place 40 days after his resurrection from the dead.”
  • Apply the principle also to events in the life of his mother: “He cited the doctrines of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.” But: “She referred to the assumption of Mary into heaven.”

Easter Bunny Capitalized like Santa Claus and other renowned characters.

Life Saver, Life SaversTrademarks for a brand of roll candy produced by Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

bonbon A filled chocolate candy.



Bonus: Aside from being hidden by the Easter Bunny, an “Easter egg” can also be a hidden surprise in a program, website, DVD or television show, such as an extra level of a game or a message.

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