When is Easter?
Need to know the precise date of Easter this year?
Easter 2017 is on Sunday, April 16
Why Are There Two Easters?
Easter Sunday changes based upon the calendars of various Christian churches. Due to these various methods of calculation, various Christian denominations might celebrate the holiday on different days. Many Western Christian churches follow the Gregorian calendar, and numerous Eastern Orthodox churches follow the Julian calendar.
Easter or Pascha is the earliest and most essential Christian holiday, commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion, as explained in the New Testament. Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting and penance.
Why Does Easter Change Every Year?
Sometimes Easter Sunday falls in late March and at some point in April! The reason Easter falls on various dates yearly is due to the fact that Easter is a “movable” holiday based on the lunar calendar. Specifically, Easter’s timing is connected to the complete Moon and the vernal equinox (not the civil calendar).
Easter in the UK begins with the Thursday prior to Easter. Maundy Thursday is commemorated as the last day of Jesus’ life and the day of the Last Supper. It is said that Jesus cleaned the feet of his faithful disciples in the “Eucharist” event. The day is called after the French word “mande”, which approximately equates to the terms command or mandate. It is said that this name came about from Jesus’ last command offered to his followers, “love one another as I have loved you.”