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How is the day the Christian holiday Easter is celebrated picked?

other than pagans picked it?

How does the CHURCH pick the day?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:11 PM on Feb. 3, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I don't know. What day it's on and who picks what day it is doesn't really matter to me. What matters to me is that I get to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and honor Him.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:17 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • Constantine I, Roman emperor, convoked the Council of Nicaea in 325. The council unanimously ruled that the Easter festival should be celebrated throughout the Christian world on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox; and that if the full moon should occur on a Sunday and thereby coincide with the Passover festival, Easter should be commemorated on the Sunday following. Coincidence of the feasts of Easter and Passover was thus avoided.
    Reform of the Julian calendar in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, through adoption of the Gregorian calendar, eliminated much of the difficulty in fixing the date of Easter and in arranging the ecclesiastical year; since 1752, when the Gregorian calendar was also adopted in Great Britain and Ireland, Easter has been celebrated on the same day in the Western part of the Christian world. The Eastern churches, however, which did not adopt the Gregorian calendar, commemorate

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 7:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • Easter on a Sunday either preceding or following the date observed in the West. Occasionally the dates coincide; the most recent times were in 1865 and 1963.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 7:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • The short answer: Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox.

    The long answer is REALLY long and literally covers thousands of years of history, arcane astronomical calculations and a little political wrangling.

    Answer by DawnA72 at 7:59 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • The date is linked to the Jewish passover which occurs at the paschal full moon. Christ rose on a Sunday. So Easter is the Sunday after Passover (paschal full moon). We don't use the exact date of the paschal full moon because that would mean Easter would be different in every time zone. For a universal date, the CC makes two approximations - the full moon is set at the 14th day of the lunar month and the vernal equinox set at Mar. 21. So Easter is the Sunday after the full moon that falls on or after the vernal equinox (Mar. 21).

    And if that isn't confusing enough - as someone said Eastern Orthodox Christians celebreate Easter on a different date because they still use the Julian calendar (not the Gregorian). So Mar. 21 on the Julian calendar falls on Apr. 3 in the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, for the Orthodox, the Sunday following the 14th day of the day of the paschal full moon has to fall after April 3.

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:56 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

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