Why Does the Date of Easter Sunday Change Every Year & How is it Decided?

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Easter is this weekend and millions of people across the globe are gearing up to celebrate this annual festival.

Well, the Easter holiday dates change each year, so it is important to keep track, especially as careful diary planning can often secure you extra time away from the office.

While the dates for Christmas and Valentine’s Day are fixed and easy to remember, Easter and the associated Bank holidays, as they call them in other parts of the world, can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25.

So the big question we may want to address is when exactly is when is Easter holiday and how is the date decided?

This year Easter takes place from Good Friday/Holy Friday or Black Friday on March 30 until Easter Monday on April 2, making Easter Sunday fall on April 1, which is also April Fool‘s day, to those who observe it.

The death of Jesus occurred around the Jewish Passover, which is traditionally held on first full moon following the vernal equinox. So, as the full moon can vary in each time zone, the Church said that they would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead,  the Paschal Full Moon and host Easter Day on the following Sunday.

So to answer how it is decided, once the date of the moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holidays can be determined.

Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday as it was the day Jesus rose from the dead, following being crucified on a Friday two days before. Centuries ago in 325, it was determined by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to commemorate the happy occasion.

So now that we have made it clear about the dynamics that evolve around Easter what do we say now? All we can say is have a happy Easter holiday and as you celebrate it may you remember God’s perfect love for all mankind, and may that love fill you with hope for the days to come. Mind you, it’s not just about the Easter egg or bunnies. It’s about Jesus.

Source: The Sun 

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