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Why is Easter at a different date each year?
Easter Sunday is always the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the 21st March. This year is the earliest Easter can be, as the first full moon is on the 21st March… and so Easter Sunday is on 23rd March 2008.
Easter is observed on the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the day of the vernal equinox (where the sun is directly over the equator in the spring of the Northern …Hemisphere). Since our calendar is based on the movement of the Earth and not the movement of the Moon, Easter falls on different dates every year. These requirements mean that Easter will always be between March 22 and April 25.
The dates on which Easter is celebrated are determined by the lunar calendar, and so they change each year. Apparently, it is the Sunday which is two weeks after t…he vernal equinox. More details can be found on the related link. Easter must fall on a Sunday, so that changes the date within a few days each year. Also, it happens after the first full moon in April, which changes the date from year to year slightly.
The early church fathers wished to keep the observance of Easter in correlation to the Jewish Passover. Because the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened af…ter the Passover, they wanted Easter to always be celebrated subsequent to 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. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after equinox.
Easter is calculated to follow Passover which is based on the lunar calendar. Catholics and most Protestants use the new Gregorian calendar decreed by Pope Gregory …XIII in 1582 to calculate the date of Easter. The time of Easter is based on the cycles of the moon, the equinox, and seasons and things in nature. In simple (?) terms Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring). In 2008 the vernal equinox will be on Thursday, March 20. The first full moon after that will be Friday, March 21. Thus, Easter will be on Sunday, March 23. The earliest Easter can be is March 22 as it was last in 1818 and will be next in 2285. The latest Easter can be is April 25 as it was last in 1943 and will be next in 2038.
It's different for the same reason that Catholic Easter falls on a different day every year, the way it's calculated. The only difference is that the calculation for Orthodox …Easter uses the Julian calendar and the Catholic Church uses the Gregorian calendar. The way it works is you start off with the ecclesiastical vernal equinox which always falls on March 21st in the Julian calendar. Easter then falls on the Sunday after the next full moon.
In 2005, Easter Sunday fell on March 27th.
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It depends upon the lunar cycle which is not what our solar calendar system is based upon. Easter always is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox… (March 21).
Easter Sunday (Western) is April 24 2011. Ash Wednesday is March 9. Hope this Helps!
Easter comes on the Sunday after the first full moon after the start of spring. Confusing, isn't it? It's because it's based off of a lunar calendar and not the Gregorian …calendar or solar calendar that we use today.
In 2011, Easter Sunday falls on April 24.
Easter Sunday has fallen on the following dates; 27 March 1921, 16 April 1922, 1 April 1923, 20 April 1924, 12 April 1925, 4 April 1926, 17 April 1927, 8 April 1928, 31 March …1929, 20 April 1930, 5 April 1931, 27 March 1932, 16 April 1933, 1 April 1934, 21 April 1935, 12 April 1936, 28 March 1937, 17 April 1938, 9 April 1939, 24 March 1940, 13 April 1941, 5 April 1942, 25 April 1943, 9 April 1944, 1 April 1945, 21 April 1946, 6 April 1947, 28 March 1948, 17 April 1949, 9 April 1950, 25 March 1951, 13 April 1952, 5 April 1953, 18 April 1954, 10 April 1955, 1 April 1956, 21 April 1957, 6 April 1958, 29 March 1959, 17 April 1960, 2 April 1961, 22 April 1962, 14 April 1963, 29 March 1964, 18 April 1965, 10 April 1966, 26 March 1967, 14 April 1968, 6 April 1969, 29 March 1970, 11 April 1971, 2 April 1972, 22 April 1973, 14 April 1974, 30 March 1975, 18 April 1976, 10 April 1977, 26 March 1978, 15 April 1979, 6 April 1980, 19 April 1981, 11 April 1982, 3 April 1983, 22 April 1984, 7 April 1985, 30 March 1986, 19 April 1987, 3 April 1988, 26 March 1989, 15 April 1990, 31 March 1991, 19 April 1992, 11 April 1993, 3 April 1994, 16 April 1995, 7 April 1996, 30 March 1997, 12 April 1998, 4 April 1999, 23 April 2000, 15 April 2001, 31 March 2002, 20 April 2003, 11 April 2004, 27 March 2005, 16 April 2006, 8 April 2007, 23 March 2008, 12 April 2009, 4 April 2010.
Because it is on the Sunday following the first full Moon which falls on or after the Spring equinox. Spring equinox is either March 20 or 21. So it depends on the timing of t…he full moon in March, and the one in April (if the one in March is before the first day of spring).
The Chinese new year follows the first day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar, which changes yearly. This is because the Chinese lunisolar calender was already a…ccepted by the Chinese before adopting the Gregorian calendar in addition to the existing lunisolar calendar when they came into contact with people from foreign countries.