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Easter Sunday typically falls on a different date each year. Easter is always the first Sunday after or on the first full moon, after the Spring (vernal) Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

The date is determined by a combination of events centered around the lunar cycle, the solar cycle, the division of each year into 365 days and a 1,700 year old Church ruling.

The explanation starts with the fact that early Christians elected to link the date of Easter to the Hebrew calendar. The New Testament states that the Resurrection took place on the first day of the week following Passover. Sunday is the first day of a Jewish week; the Passover falls on the day of the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, which can fall on either March 20 or 21.

Chaotic, or what? The result was that different churches ended up celebrating Easter on various days. And to try to clear up the confusion, the Roman Emperor Constantine I organized a major summit meeting.

The first Ecumenical Council was held at Nicea in present-day Turkey in the year 325. It decreed that Easter would be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon that occurred after the Spring Equinox. This retained a lunar connection as a sort of "memory" of the Jewish calendar system, and ensured that the feast would be on a Sunday. Because lunar phases occur independently of the solar year, this means that there is a "window" of several weeks during which Easter may be celebrated. By this reckoning, in our calendar, Easter must occur between March 22 and April 25.

So, find the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, or the autumn equinox in the southern hemisphere, then find the first full moon immediately following that. Easter will be the first Sunday after (or on) that first full moon. Note the difference in the southern hemisphere: Easter falls on the first Sunday on or after the first full moon after the Autumnal equinox, notafter the first day of Autumn.

The system that was slowly developed throughout the Middle Ages is the base for what we use today.

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Easter can roughly be pinpointed as the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs next after the vernal (spring) equinox.

Therefore Easter cannot fall before 22nd Marh or after 25th April.

This is a rough rule but is not exact. the bookmark explains the intricases.

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The actual conditions to determine the date for Easter are: 1. Easter must be on a Sunday 2. Easter Sunday must follow the 14th day of the paschal moon 3. The paschal moon is that of which the 14th day (full moon) falls on or next follows the day of the vernal equinox, which is fixed on the calendar as March 21 4. Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25

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In general the Easter date is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. If you want a mathematical formula it takes about twelve calculations of division and adding the remainders.

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Easter Sunday is the Christian celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection. The First Council of Nicaea established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon.

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the Sunday after first full moon of the year

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Easter is an international Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus coming back to life. It is generally on the first Sunday after the March Equinox.

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Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon date for the year. Easter Sunday, since 326 A.D., is always one of the 35 dates March 22 to April 25.

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It depends on Easter Triduum... Whenever Eater Triduum ends, that's when Easter begins

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The first day of spring

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What year will Easter be on the 4th of April

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