How is the date for Easter determined?

By November 19, 2014 2 Comments

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How is the date for Easter determined? Last year it was very early.


Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. If the first full moon occurs on the equinox, Easter is the following Sunday. Thus, Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25.


  • James Jones says:

    But why then and not some other month we dont know when Jeaus was rasied from the grave do we?

  • Luke says:

    The date for Easter was always associated with Passover in the Ancient Church, so one of the things they settled at the Council of Nicaea was how to determine the date, and they used the formula above to help settle the date.
    It’s one of the reasons the world stopped using Lunar calendars, since the same event would often fall on different days, or even different months over time.

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