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Easter 2016


Easter baskets filled with colorful eggs.
March 2016
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Palm Sunday
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Good Friday
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Easter
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Easter for the year 2016 is celebrated/ observed on Sunday, March 27th.


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.

Easter Date

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 [1].

Days to Easter 2016

Sunday, March 27th is day number 87 of the 2016 calendar year with -3 years, -7 months, -21 days until Easter 2016.



Further Reading:
Encyclopedia Britannica Easter History and Facts
Wikipedia on Easter Easter Day


References:
1.”Council of Nicaea on Easter Date” - New Advent, newadvent.org.

Easter
Name(s):Easter, Pascha, Resurrection Sunday
Type:Observance, Christian
When:First Sunday after a full moon after March 21st

Dates for Easter

HolidayDateDays to Go
Easter 2018 Sunday, April 01, 2018 -595
Easter 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 -210
Easter 2020 Sunday, April 12, 2020 147
Easter 2021 Sunday, April 04, 2021 504
Easter 2022 Sunday, April 17, 2022 882
Easter 2023 Sunday, April 09, 2023 1239


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