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06 Jan 2005 20:23 PST
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What determines Easter to fall on the date that it does?
Answered By: juggler-ga on 06 Jan 2005 20:59 PST
Hello. " Easter falls on a different day each year. How is the day for Easter determined? The day for Easter will fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal equinox (remember that?). The day of the the Vernal equinox is March 21st." source: University of Rhode Island - Trivia http://www.uri.edu/ce/faceit/astronomy/TA's/TQ2A10.htm "The date on which Easter falls varies from year to year, but Easter Sunday is always the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox - for the western church. The vernal equinox signals the beginning of Spring (in the Northern hemisphere)." source: Australian Government - Culture & Recreation http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/easter/ "Easter is a religious holiday that is celebrated in the springtime. In the Western Church, which roughly consists of Protestants, Catholics, and Anglicans, Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon that appears on or after the spring equinox (March 21). According to this timeline, Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25. The Orthodox Eastern Church also regards Easter as a "movable" holiday, but it does not necessarily coincide with the celebration of the West. Although Easter can fall on the same day in the East and West, the Eastern Church generally observes the holiday a week or more after the West. " source: Birthday Express http://www.birthdayexpress.com/bexpress/planning/Easter.asp Also see: A Tale of Two Easters, which discusses how certain Eastern Orthodox churches' tradition of using the Julian Calendar has affected their observance of Easter. http://www.factmonster.com/spot/easter1.html ------- search strategy: "easter falls" "full moon" vernal easter "first full moon" "march 21 I hope this helps.
From: pugwashjw-ga on 06 Jan 2005 22:21 PST
The New Testament mentions nothing about celebrating an "Easter Festival". The sanctity of special times meant nothing to the early Christians. Easter, as we know it today is a continuation of pagan spring festivals, with the easter bunny representing fecundity. Also the easter egg is similarly representative. The term "Easter" is not a Christian name. It is equivalent with Astarte/ Beltis/Ishtar, whose name is found on Assyrian [ pagan] monuments] So the question remains, should Christians celebrate a time named after a pagan god?. Jesus gave the answer when he instructed his disciples to remember his death and to keep remembering it.Luke 22;19.." Keep doing this in remembrance of me". First Corinthians 11;26.."As often as you eat this loaf and drink this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until He arrives". This is properly done each year on Nisan 14, in the Jewish calendar. In 2005, this date equates with March 24th. In contrast, Jesus said absolutely nothing about celebrating his birthday.
From: guzzi-ga on 07 Jan 2005 18:20 PST
Surprised no one mentioned that the English Easter name and festival both derive from Eostre / Eastre (from Bede) goddess of spring and dawn (also the likely progenitor of oestrous, oestrogen). Her festival was kept at the vernal equinox. As such, in keeping with almost all Christian festivals, symbols, liturgy, and writings, Easter was embraced or hijacked. Best
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