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When is Easter Sunday 2016 and why does it change every year?

The supermarket shelves are packed full of chocolate eggs and Lent is well underway, which can only mean one thing, Easter is just around the corner.

This year, Easter Sunday falls on March 27th.

Among Christians the holiday, also known as Resurrection Day, is a celebration of Jesus Christ returning from the dead.

It is not celebrated on the same date every year, but instead on the first Sunday following the full moon after the Spring Equinox.

The day is commemorated in several ways, and most of these traditions have nothing to do with the meaning of the holiday – but instead relate to the pagan festivals of ancient Germany.

Children are typically given baskets filled with sweets, and eggs are decorated and hidden for children to find in the form of an Easter egg hunt.

Why do the dates for Easter change every year?

The reason we have different dates for Easter every year is because the holiday is based on the lunar calendar.

A council of Christian bishops, the First Council of Nicea, decided in AD 325 to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ – meaning Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday.

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon – which is also the Jewish day Passover.

However, the paschal full moon can fall on different days depending on time zones, so it was agreed to always be on the 14th day of the lunar month.

The Easter holidays always fall between March 22 and April 25.

How will you be celebrating Easter? Will you be going to church, or handing out Easter eggs – or maybe you don’t celebrate at all?

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