Stay on track!Here’s why Easter is celebrated on different dates

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Why do Easter dates keep changing?

This is the question many are asking but worry not today you will find out all answers to your questions.

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection occurred at the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first Full Moon following the vernal equinox.

In accord with the gospels, Easter is the solemn feast celebrating the resurrection of Christ. 

In the Western tradition of the Church, Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday following the new full moon which occurs on or immediately after the vernal or spring equinox. 

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This dating was established by the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.  As such, the dates for Easter may range from March 22 to April 25.  (The Orthodox Churches follow a different dating system and will thereby celebrate Easter one, four, or five weeks later.)

This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates.

Since the days of early church history, determining the precise date of Easter has been a matter for continued argument. For one, the followers of Christ neglected to record the exact date of Jesus’ resurrection. From that point on the matter only grew increasingly more complex.

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At the heart of the matter lies a simple explanation. Easter is a movable feast. The earliest believers in the church of Asia Minor wished to keep the observance of Easter correlated to the Jewish Passover.

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, so followers wanted Easter always to be celebrated after the Passover.

And, since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year.


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