Everything You Need To Know For Easter Weekend 2017

Key Dates 2017:

Palm Sunday : April 9

Good Friday: April 14

Holy Saturday: April 15

Easter Sunday: April 16

Easter Monday: April 17

Why Do The Dates Change?:

Easter does not have a fixed date, in that they don't fall on a fixed date in the normal Gregorian or Julian calendars, which follow the cycle of the Sun. Easter instead is determined by the lunar calendar, which is based on the Moon.

Who Decided This?:

A council of Christian bishops in AD 325, the First Council of Nicea, which was Christianity's first effort to get a consensus on what the church taught. Together they decided that Easter Day should fall on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, and that it should always fall on a Sunday to represent the day of Christ's Resurrection.

What Are We Celebrating?:

While we all love candy and Peeps, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion.

Why Do We Chocolate Eggs?:

The eggs are actually a symbol of new life. They can also be seen to represent Spring and celebrate rebirth after the winter.

What About Easter Bunnies?:

Originally a 'Easter hare', brought the chocolate to the kids that have behaved themselves, this was first mentioned in German literature in 1682. Turns out, the tradition stuck.

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