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Easter Dates

Dates for Easter SundayEaster Sunday Calculation

Here are the dates in April (or March) where Easter Sunday occurs in the twenty teens.

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When Is Easter Day? 
Here Are the Dates for Easter Sunday

  • 2013 31st March
  • 2014 20th April
  • 2015  5th April
  • 2016 27th March (Early)
  • 2017 16th April
  • 2018   1st April
  • 2019 21st April
  • 2020 12th April

How To Calculate The Date of Easter SundayEaster Sunday Calculation

Let us remember that Easter Sunday celebrates the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead.  On Good Friday, Christ was first crucified then buried.  However, on the third day he rose from the dead.  Thus Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian calendar, far more important than Jesus' birth day - Christmas.

Fewer than one person in a thousand could tell you how to determine the date for Easter Sunday, and only few people can explain why Easter falls on a different date each year.  While many people will tell you the moon was a factor, few realize that the vernal equinox also plays a crucial role in the calculation.

The following simplified calculation for 'When is Easter' works for most years:

1) Start from the Vernal Equinox, which is usually on March 20th.

2) Consult a diary or almanc to determine the next full moon following the Equinox.  Easter falls on the next Sunday.Easter Sunday Celebrations

See the full complex calculation for when Easter falls.

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Days Derived From EasterPalm Sunday

Palm Sunday is always on the Sunday before Easter

Mothering Sunday (UK) 3 weeks before Easter

Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of lent is 46 days before Easter.  The calculation of 40 days for lent discounts Sundays, thus explaining the discrepancy between 46 and 40.  There is also 'Shrove Tuesday' otherwise known as 'Pancake Day'.

Easter Date Trivia

As mentioned earlier, Easter Sunday is set by the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).  Here's the interesting info. This year 2008 is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts:

1) The next time Easter will be as early as March 23 will be the year 2228 (200+ years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (275+ years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

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Easter Celebrations in Europe

Easter in PolandEaster Celebrations Poland

Poland is a Catholic country and attending Mass is an important part of the Easter celebration so Will and Guy's Polish friend, Mateusz, tells them.

Polish Easter Eggs

Easter Sunday - Wielka Niedziela

On Easter morning, a special Resurrection Mass is celebrated in every church in Poland. At this Mass, a procession of priests, altar boys and the people circles the church three times while the church bells peal and the organ is played for the first time since they had been silenced on Good Friday. Following the Mass, people return home to eat the food blessed the day before.

The Easter table will be covered with a white tablecloth. On the middle of the table in most homes housewife will put coloured eggs, cold meats, coils of sausages, ham, yeast cakes, pound cakes, poppy-seed cakes, and a lamb made of sugar.
Polish Easter Soup called Zurek or White Barscz is often served at the Easter meal, garnished with the hard-boiled eggs and sausage.

There is also tradition to share blessed eggs with the members of the family and wish each other good health, happiness for the rest of the year.

Easter in Bulgaria Easter Celebrations Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, people don't hide their eggs: apparently they have egg fights!  Whoever comes out of the game with an unbroken egg is the winner and assumed to be the most successful member of the family in the coming year.

Easter in Bulgaria is a strongly celebrated holiday. Red, the predominant color of Bulgarian Easter eggs, is a part of pagan mysticism that pervades Bulgarian culture even today.

Orthodox priests consecrated traditional red-dyed eggs during a service in the town of Varna, Bulgaria. Red Easter eggs are baked into an Easter loaf, may be blessed at the church, or may be cracked against each other to see who will be the most successful, healthy, or happy during the following year.

Photo: Steven Miric

See more worldwide Easter Celebrations.

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Germany and Easter

Green Easter Egg Maundy ThursdayIn Germany, eggs are dyed green on Maundy Thursday.

Known as Ostern in German speaking countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, it is important to Catholics and Protestants alike.

Easter customs can be traced back to pre-Christian, pagan rites that were related to the beginning of Spring and fertility, symbolized by daffodils, rabbits and eggs.

The art of decorating hollowed out eggs, Easter eggs or Ausgeblasene Eier, is an Austrian and German tradition.

Nowadays, the Satzvey Castle, which is a beautiful, moated castle in Germany, has an Easter market that displays elaborately decorated eggs along with spring inspired arts and crafts.

Saxony holds a traditional Easter parade with 250 horsemen and traditional costumes.

The town centres in Southern Germany decorate their fountains for two weeks starting on Good Friday and Northern Germany celebrates by burning big piles of logs, sometimes with a witch puppet to signify the end of Winter. Beer, hot punch and grilled sausages are served.

In Franconian Switzerland to Northern Bavaria, the city fountains are decorated with real, blown eggs.

 

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