Christian holy days
and practices of Easter
Modern-day Easter is derived from two ancient traditions: one Judeo-Christian and the other
Pagan. Both Christians and Pagans have celebrated death and resurrection themes
Spring Equinox for millennia. Most religious historians believe that many
elements of the Christian observance of Easter were derived from earlier Pagan
Easter is not celebrated on the actual anniversary of the resurrection. Among Christians in the West it may fall on any date between MAR-22 and APR-25. Eastern Christianity uses the Julian Calendar which is currently delayed by 13 days from the Gregorian Calendar that Western Christians use. Easter is observed in the East between APR-04 and MAY-08. There have been efforts to have all Christians observe Easter on the same day, and other efforts to hold it on the same day each year. However, these have not been successful.
The equinox occurs each year on March 20, 21 or 22. Both Neopagans and Christians continue to celebrate religious rituals
linked to the equinox. Wiccans and other Neopagans usually hold their
celebrations on the day or eve of the equinox. Western Christians celebrate
Easter on the
Sunday on or after the full
moon that follows the nominal date of the Equinox -- MAR-21. The "full moon" is not the actual astronomical event; it is set at the 14th day of the month according to a lunar calendar.
During 2018, Easter Sunday was observed by most Christians on APR-01, April Fools Day. Many Orthodox Christians have a different method of calculation -- based on the Julian Calendar. They observed Easter one week later, on 2018-APR-08.
Topics discussed in this section:
Some links to other web sites:
101 Easter offers Ecards, recipes, jokes, a history of Easter, and other information. See:
123Greetings is a
premier electronic greeting card website that features Easter greeting cards during the Easter season.
The Easter-eCards website has an extensive selection of free Easter cards with themes such as: religious, for friends, for family,
flowers, birthday, etc. See: http://www.easter-ecards.com/
GoodFridayCards has a broad range of Christian cards for
Easter and other events, including some for children. See:
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Copyright 1999 to 2018 by Ontario Consultants
on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2018-APR-08
Author: B.A. Robinson