How Do I find the date of Easter each year?
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This question came to us from a grandmother in Dothan, Alabama, so she could plan for Easter outfits for her grandchildren in plenty of time each year. The complexity of this question is INCREDIBLE, as simple as it sounds! I have researched it from a civil point of view and a church point of view, using both Gregorian and Julian calendars and have decided the best simple and uncomplicated answer I can give you is that Easter Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after Vernal equinox, also know as the start of spring. Or you can use our calculator that takes into consideration all other factors of EITHER the Gregorian (modern Western) Calendar or the Julian (Eastern) calendar. Enter the year in question with a 4 digit value and click on Calculate. You may click on Clear Values to do another.
Why and how? The point in question to all of this is the definition of the "first full moon", be it official to a given country or actual based on the lunar activity. Easter is one of the very few celebrated events that does not have the same date each year. It is common to see a calendar from one location showing Easter on a particular day and from a different location showing it on another.
You may also wish to visit our Easter Calculator for more information. Click here to return to the How Do I - Converters and Calculators Menu.
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