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Why Does Easter Change Every Year?

Easter

Easter is a day set by Christians to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is also a day Christians use to remember the victory they have over sin and death after Jesus was raised from the dead.




 

Biblically, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was a prophecy that had to be fulfilled so that anyone who believes will have eternal life and be with him in heaven after the end of all things.

Easter celebrations begin with Palm Sunday, which happens to be the day the Lord Jesus went to Jerusalem, followed by Maundy Thursday, also called the last supper, which was the time Jesus met with his disciples to observe Passover and finally Good Friday which was the day Jesus was crucified on the cross.



Why Does Easter Change Every Year?

The date on which Easter is celebrated is dependent on the lunar cycle. The date is picked based on when the first full moon appears and the period within the year when the Sun is exactly above the Equator, and day and night are of equal length.

So the Sunday that comes after the appearance of the first full moon is fixed as Easter Sunday and the rest of the Easter days follows.



This event of the lunar cycle does not happen on the same date each year thus the reason for the change in Easter date every year.

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