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How do we get the date for Easter?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:22 PM on Mar. 30, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • It's the first Sunday
    after the first Full Moon
    after the Spring Equinox.

    Answer by MamaK88 at 4:30 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • Easter always comes between the dates of March 22 to April 25 and is calculated based upon the Paschal Full Moon. Easter Sunday will always fall the Sunday after this full moon following the Vernal Equinox.

    Answer by HistoryMamaX3 at 4:32 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • Short Answer: The Sunday after Passover.

    Long Answer: Because Sunday was the day of Christ's Resurrection Easter is always on a Sunday. Because of the link to the Jewish passover (the Last Suppoer occured on the Passover), it's calcuated based on the pashal full moon (as is Passover).  Now to set a universal date (regardless of time zones) the CC makes some approximations.  The paschal full moon (first full moon following the Vernal Equinox) can fall on on different days in different time zones, so for calcuation purposes the full moon is set at the 14th day of the luner month (the lunar month begins the new moon).  Also the CC always figures the vernal equinox as Mar. 21 (even though is can occur on Mar. 22). 


    Answer by eringobrough at 4:59 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • But we're still not done. Because Eastern Christians use a different calendar - the Julian calendar. Western Christans (and most of the western secular world) uses the Gregorian calendar. Mar. 21 on the Gregorian calendard falls on Apr. 3 in the Julian calendar. So for Eastern Christians (like the Eastern Orthodox) the SUnday folloiwng the 14th ay of the paschal full moon has to fall after April 3 (not Mar. 21). So the date for Easter for Eastern Christians is different than that for Western Christians.

    Answer by eringobrough at 4:59 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

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