Hello Again!

If you’re like me you are probably more than ready for spring to come. I love winter but about this time of year I’m really tired of the white stuff and cold.

With spring comes Easter and I’ve always wondered what determines the date for Easter.

Easter holiday dates change each year, so sometimes it’s hard to keep track.

While the dates for Christmas and Valentine’s Day are fixed and easy to remember, Easter and the associated Bank holidays can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25.

So, when is Easter 2018 and how is the date decided?

This year’s Easter takes place from Good Friday on March 30 until Easter Monday on April 2 - making Easter Sunday on April 1, which is also April Fool’s day.

The death of Jesus occurred around the Jewish Passover, which is traditionally held on the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

As the full moon can vary in each time zone, the Church said that they would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead – the Paschal Full Moon – and host Easter Day on the following Sunday.

Once the date of that moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holidays can be determined.

The Easter weekend in 2018 kicks off on Good Friday, which will be on March 30.

Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday as it was the day Jesus rose from the dead, following being crucified on a Friday two days before.

Centuries ago in 325, it was determined by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to commemorate the happy occasion.

I’m sure many of you already knew this but I’ve never really researched it before and found this to be very interesting.

I wish you all a blessed Easter and a happy and healthy spring.

Take care,