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How do you figure out what date Easter falls on?

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Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Easter 2014 was therefore celebrated on April 20. For Christians, Easter is regarded as the time of Jesus's resurrection from the dead.

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Easter is most likely celebrated this way because the feast day absorbed the traditions of pagan holidays that celebrated the arrival of spring. Therefore, Easter is also celebrated with the dying of eggs and representations of rabbits and chicks. These objects all symbolize spring and fertility.

The name Easter itself is most likely derived from Eostre, the name of a goddess whose feast day was in early spring.

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