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What is Easter

Feast of the Resurrection. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which according to Christian belief happened on the third day after his crucifixion. In the Roman Catholic Church, Easter is an eight-day feast called the Octave of Easter.Click here for holiday ideas around this time.

When is Easter

The date of Easter is based on the Jewish Passover, the Last Supper is considered generally to be a feast related to Passover. In the pre-Nicea church Easter was celebrated on all sorts of different dates and there was an effort to pull it together. However it was and always will be a "moveable feast" which is to say that, unlike Christmas, it occurs on a different date each year.

The Rules for Easter dates:
It has to be on a Sunday and the precise rule is that it falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after March 21 (the equinox). And this ecclesiastical full moon is the 14th day of a tabular lunation (new moon).

 

Year Date
2010 April 4th
2011 April 24th
2012 April 8th
2013 March 31st
2014 April 20th
2015 April 5th
2016 March 27th

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In Western Christianity, Easter always falls on a Sunday from March 22 to April 25 inclusive. In Eastern Christianity a slightly different formula is followed and Easter falls between April 4 and May 8 using the Gregorian calendar.

Year Date
2017 April 16th
2018 April 1st
2019 April 21st
2020 April 12th
2021 April 4th
2022 April 17th
2023 April 9th
2024 March 31st

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The Easter Bunny

According to Bede "Eosturmonath, which is now interpreted as the paschal month, was formerly named after the goddess Eostre, and has given its name to the festival." However since this goddess is not recorded prior to Bede, it has been suggested that he invented her for his own purposes. On the other hand the April lunar month in the Anglo-Saxon calendar was called Eostur so perhaps it was just a confusion.

It has also been suggested that the Easter Bunny comes from the "Ostern Hare", although the link between this and the putative goddess is pure speculation. That speculation was made by Jacob Grimm (one of the Brothers Grimm) so the idea had a lot of backing behind it. Since many of the Grimm fairy stories have turned from nasty tales into sweet chldren’s stories, why shouldn’t the Ostern Hare have become the Easter Bunny?