There is a very interesting article on Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil, including the religious significance of some family traditions in the celebration of Easter over at the Women for Faith and Family website.
“Holy Saturday (in Latin, Sabbatum Sanctum ), the ‘day of the entombed Christ’, is the Lord’s day of rest, for on that day Christ’s body lay in His tomb. We recall the Apostle’s Creed which says “He descended unto the dead.” It is a day of suspense between two worlds, that of darkness, sin and death, and that of the Resurrection and the restoration of the Light of the World. For this reason no divine services are held until the Easter Vigil begins that night. This day between Good Friday and Easter Day makes present to us the end of one world and the complete newness of the era of salvation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ…”
Read the entire article.