Easter Sunday comes on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. This year the equinox is 28th March and Easter Sunday comes on 31st March in 2013. Easter always comes after the first full moon following the first day of spring.
Easter comes in early this year. On this day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Lord Jesus. Traditionally, Easter is celebrated on the same day across the world, based on the astronomical cycles of the Moon’s phases and the seasons of the sun. This year everyone is busy wondering, that they had just celebrated Christmas and it is still pretty cold, so how is the Easter bunny approaching? This has nothing to do with the church but relates to the moon.
Easter is based on Hebrew tradition to find a day for celebration of the Passover. Easter the feast of Jesus’ resurrection is based on the Passover tribute and uses similar timing based on Sun and Moon cycles. The word Passover is pesach in Hebrew or pascha in the new Greek testament. The variant of this name in most of the European countries is “Easter”. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates pascha, but does not follow the Gregorian calendar which is used in west. It uses the Julian calendar till date. The Orthodox Church states that the pascha shall always follow after Passover.
The Christian calendar is almost a reflection of the Jewish one. The Passover and Easter are very close. The difference lies in the fact that Christian calendar strictly follows the lunar cycle.
The other celebrations do not change and are still present but many people find it hard pressed for time spiritually post Christmas.
Many centuries ago before the mechanical clocks and calendars, there were no other ways apart from the lord’s celestial cycles to measure time. With advent of technology accuracy of time increased. But till today the celestial cycle is still considered valid for the calculation of religious days.
Not only spiritually are people pressed for time because of the fast approaching Easter, but also it is tough for the people who organize the Easter bunny tradition. The famous Easter bunny that hides eggs and brings chocolates to children has become symbolic of the start of spring. The people associated with the preparation need to be extra organized this year.
Things could be even worse, as in 1818 Easter Sunday was on March 22, the earliest till date Easter it will not occur again till 2285. Another instance of early Easter is the year 2008 when Easter Sunday was on 23rd March. However, this date will also note come till the year 2160
People will not be completely forgetting the Easter celebration. It is just a reminder for everyone to start preparing for the holy days. Keeping the ancient methods of calculating Easter day, let the preparations begin for 31st March 2013.
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