Uncertain Easter: The Mystery of its Moving Date
by Jaano India
Easter is calculated based on the lunar calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon, rather than the Gregorian calendar that follows the sun.
The date of Easter is determined by the Paschal Full Moon, which falls on the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 21st).
The vernal equinox can fall on different dates each year, which affects the date of the Paschal Full Moon and, consequently, the date of Easter.
Different Christian denominations have different methods of calculating the date of Easter, leading to variations in the celebration date.
The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD established that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox, leading to the lack of a fixed date.
The date of Easter can fall between March 22nd and April 25th, depending on the lunar calendar and the denomination's calculations.
The variable date of Easter adds to its significance as a movable feast and symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus, which is not tied to a specific day or time.
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