Why Does Easter Change Dates?


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The date of Easter changes each year because early church officials wanted to keep it in conjunction with the Jewish holiday of Passover. This was due to the fact that Christ is said to have been crucified, and was subsequently resurrected, during the Passover holiday.

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Why Does Easter Change Dates?
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Easter's date each year can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. This is because its modern date is determined by the first Paschal full moon, or the first full moon after the spring equinox. In Western churches, Easter Sunday is always the first Sunday following the Paschal full moon. The exact date is based on a traditional Hebrew calendar system. The Paschal full moon can vary in length after the actual full moon by up to two days.

Eastern and Western Christian churches do not always celebrate Easter on the same date because each group uses a different calendar system for determining when the Paschal full moon occurs. Additionally, some Orthodox churches still celebrate the holiday based solely on the first Sunday after the Jewish Passover. Therefore, Easter Sunday is not celebrated uniformly throughout the Christian world, and dates vary from year to year, and from church to church depending on location and beliefs.

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