Easter for the year 2008 is celebrated/ observed on Sunday, March 23rd.
Easter also called Resurrection Sunday or Pascha is one of the most important days in the Christian faith commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead according to the New Testament. Jesus Christ was crucified on Good Friday and buried on Holy Saturday and rose from his grave on Easter Sunday. The day is the beginning of the Eastertide season and the end of Lent (40 days of fasting and prayer starting on Ash Wednesday ending on Holy Saturday) and Holy Week that started on Palm Sunday and lasts 7 days through to Holy Saturday. Although it is not a federal U.S. holiday, many stores are closed or operate minimal hours on this day.
The day of Easter falls on a Sunday based on the lunisolar (sun and moon) calendar, not a fixed date on the Gregorian or Julian calendar.
Easter date each year has been determined to fall on the Sunday after the full moon following March 21 for Western Christians who use the Gregorian calendar (modern calendar). Thus Easter will fall between March 22nd and April 25th inclusive each year. For Eastern Christians who use the Julian calendar (currently runs 13 days behind Gregorian calendar) they have a similar way to determine Easter based on the first full moon after April 3rd thus Easter will fall sometime between April 4th through May 8th each year.
In 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicaea there was an attempt to provide guidance of which we use today to determine the date Easter. They came up with these rules: a) Easter must be celebrated throughout the world on Sunday, b) this Sunday must follow the fourteenth day of the paschal moon, c) and that that moon was to be accounted the paschal moon whose fourteenth day followed the spring equinox, d) and finally that some provision should be made to have a credible authority (like the Church of Alexandria at the time) determine based on these above rules the date of Easter each year for the world .
Days to Easter
Sunday, March 23rd is day number 83 of the 2008 calendar year with -11 years, -3 months, -3 days until Easter 2008.
More information on Easter. (Traditions, Customs and History)
1.”Counsil of Nicaea on Easter Date” - New Advent, newadvent.org.
|Name(s):||Easter, Pascha, Resurrection Sunday|
|When:||First Sunday after a full moon after March 21st|
March 2008 Holidays
|Date||Holiday||Details||Days to Go|
|Mar 3||Read Across America Day 2008||Observance||-4132|
|Mar 6||Maha Shivaratri 2008||Hindu||-4129|
|Mar 7||Employee Appreciation Day 2008||Observance||-4128|
|Mar 9||Daylight Saving Time - begins 2008||Daylight Saving||-4126|
|Mar 16||Palm Sunday 2008||Christian||-4119|
|Mar 17||St. Patrick's Day 2008||Observance||-4118|
|Mar 20||Purim 2008||Jewish||-4115|
|Mar 20||Spring/Fall - March equinox 2008||Season||-4115|
|Mar 20||Maundy Thursday 2008||Christian||-4115|
|Mar 21||Good Friday 2008||Observance||-4114|
|Mar 22||Holi 2008||Hindu||-4113|
|Mar 22||Holy Saturday 2008||Christian||-4113|
|Mar 23||Easter 2008||Christian||-4112|
|Mar 24||Easter Monday 2008||Christian||-4111|