When is Easter 2015?
Easter 2015 is on Sunday, April 5th 2015 (in 249 days).
Easter 2014 has already passed - it was on Sunday, April 20th 2014, 101 days ago.
Resurrected Jesus and Mary Magdalene, by Antonio da Correggio, 1543
Easter is the oldest and most important festival of the Western Christian year, celebrating Jesus Christ's resurrection (rising from the grave) following his crucifixion on Good Friday
. Easter Sunday
is the culmination of Holy Week
, and the first day of Eastertide
. Easter marks the end of the 40 days of Lent
. Easter Sunday (or simply Easter Day) is the first day of the Easter Week
which ends on Easter Saturday
Christ's resurrection forms the basis of Christian faith as it demonstrates Jesus to be the Son of God, and symbolises his conquest of death.
The Easter Story
According to the Gospels it was at sunrise on the first Easter Day - the 3rd day following Jesus' death - that the women who followed Jesus found the great stone blocking his tomb had been rolled away, and the tomb empty. The Gospel of John (20.14-16) relates how Mary Magdalene meets Jesus by the tomb, but does not at first recognise him, taking him to be a gardener. Finally realising that he has indeed risen from the dead, as he had promised he would, she runs to tell the disciples the good news.
These events fulfil the prophecy that 'The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.' (Luke 24.7).
Easter is related to the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover).
How is the date of Easter calculated?
Easter is a 'movable feast', which means that its date is not fixed in the calendar. The date is calculated according to the lunar calendar, formalised in Ecclesiastical date tables. The date of Easter Sunday can fall between 22 March and 25 April. Easter 2913 is on Sunday April 16th, 2913. Easter 2914 is on Sunday, April 8th, 2914.
Easter 2016 is on Sunday, March 27th 2016 (in 606 days).
The next occurrence of Easter is marked in red
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