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Fun Facts About the Easter Holiday That We Suggest We May not Recollect

Fun Facts About the Easter Holiday To Know About

Please join us in learning a little bit about the Easter holiday, that we may not remember or know.

It’s springtime, and that means it’s time for Easter. Always observed on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox, Easter is one of the most important holidays in Christianity. This year, Easter falls on April 16. In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.  From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.

What is the vernal equinox you might ask?  We’re glad you posed us that question, since it is a part of the equation.  The vernal equinox is actually two moments in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length; also, either of the two points in the sky where the ecliptic (the Sun’s annual pathway) and the celestial equator intersect.

In the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox falls about March 20 or 21, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north. In the Southern Hemisphere the equinox occurs on September 22 or 23, when the Sun moves south across the celestial equator. According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, the vernal equinox also marks the beginning of spring, which lasts until the summer solstice (June 20 or 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 or 22 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Here are some facts that may be of interest to those of us who are unfamiliar with the Easter holiday.

All About Easter.

Easter is a Christian holiday that marks Jesus Christ’s resurrection, following his crucifiction, and his subsequent ascent into heaven. It is the oldest Christian holiday and it is celebrated across the Christian world. Celebrations of the holiday vary around the globe. Interestingly enough, the egg plays a significant role in Easter traditions. From dyed eggs to chocolate eggs, the egg symbolizes the idea of rebirth.

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