It is undisputed that Easter is very different this year.
We can meet outside in groups of six or two households, but you can’t have a family that you don’t live with for a nice roast dinner.
So if you are already planning what to do for Easter 2022, we are not judging.
Easter is an important Christian holiday that commemorates the date and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It’s also a public holiday in the UK, and many take the opportunity to go on vacation – or to spend it with loved ones at home.
While Christmas Day, on which the birth of Christ is celebrated, is a fixed date, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are movable festivals.
That means the date changes every year, with Easter falling sometime in March or April. Here’s when Easter 2022 falls and why the dates are changing.
When is Easter 2022?
Easter Sunday 2022 falls on April 17th, two weeks later than 2021.
That is, Good Friday is April 15th and Easter Monday falls on April 18th.
The last Easter Sunday was in 1943 when it fell on April 25th. That won’t happen again until 2038.
The earliest possible date for Easter Sunday is March 22nd. The last time we had Easter this early was 1818, and it won’t happen again until 2285.
Why does Ester’s date change?
The date of Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox in June.
If the full moon occurs on a Sunday, Easter occurs a week later.
In early Christianity, different churches used different methods of determining Easter – which led to disagreements that are still unresolved.
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In 325 AD the Council of Nicaea decided to set rules for the date of Easter independently of the Jewish calendar so that all Christians could celebrate at the same time.
Easter is always celebrated near the Jewish Passover.
Passover usually begins on the night of the first full moon after the vernal equinox.