What Day Is Easter Sunday?

What Day Is Easter Sunday?

What Day Is Easter Sunday?

Easter is celebrated each year on the first Sunday following the paschal full moon. Originally, that full moon was the first one after the vernal equinox, but it was later slightly modified to mean the full moon following the ecclesiastical new moon occurring on or after March 8.

This method of determining the date of Easter has been in effect since 325 A.D., when the modification was made because Christians wanted to align Easter with Passover in order to relate it to the first Easter, the date of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Though the date varies from year to year, the earliest Easter can ever be is March 22, and its latest possible date is April 25 according to the ecclesiastical observed in western branches of Christianity.