What Is The Difference Between Easter And Christmas?
Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
This year’s Easter is slated to take place on Sunday, April 17, 2022, and is done annually to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The event includes the attending of Church services, festive family meals, Easter egg decoration, and gift-giving and is also observed with Prayer, an all-night vigil and sunrise service.
Easter is known to come before the celebration of Christmas which signifies the birth of Jesus Christ onto the face of the earth.
Christmas basically is celebrated on December 25 each year.
Why isn’t Easter on the Same Date Every Year As Christmas?
Steven Engler, a professor in religious studies at Mount Royal University, says the basic reason the two differ is that Christmas is fixed to a solar calendar, near the winter solstice, and Easter is based on the lunar cycles of the Jewish calendar.
Easter’s exact date varies so much because it actually depends on the moon while Christmas only has a fixed date. The holiday is set to coincide with the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox.