Confused Why Easter always Moves?

I understand that not everyone celebrates Easter, or some may celebrate the holiday itself with bunnies and baskets and egg hunts, and some celebrate it for the rising of Christ.  I know I am not the only one that is confuses at why it never seems to land in the same week every year.  Did you know that there are 35 possible days for easter to land on?  35!?  Easter can land anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th.  The earliest dates is the rarest, last taking place in 1818.  It won't land on that date again for another 200 years.   A late Easter is also very rare, with the last April 25 Easter Sunday in 1943 and the next one won't happen til 2038.  For many people this will be the latest Easter Sunday in their life times. 

So how is Easter Sunday decided you ask?

Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a “moveable feast,” similar to other Christian holidays like Ash Wednesday, Pentecost and Ascension Day.

The First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. determined Easter would take place the first Sunday after the “Paschal full moon,” which follows the Northern Hemisphere’s vernal (spring) equinox.

So if we were to Look ahead, Easter Sunday 2012 will fall on April 8, and the one after that should fall on  March 31.

So we really have to know our “Paschal full moon” calendar to know when we are to put out the easter eggs and dress up for the rising of Christ.

So I  know I am not the only one, let me know what your thoughts are, did you know why it was on a different day every year? Why did you think easter moved around?

I thank you for ready and Leave a comment!!


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