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FACTS ABOUT EASTER CELEBRATIONS

Easter is the festival commemorating the resurrection of Christ, observed in the Christian churches today. By the first Christian, it was considered to continue the feast of the Passover, at which the paschal lamb, a symbol of Christ, was sacrificed. Hence, its name in Greek, French,and other Roman languages is taken from Hebrew "Pesach" = Passover. The English name comes from the Anglo-Saxon "Eastre" - a goddess of light or spring, whose festival was celebrated in April.

There was a long dispute in the Christian church as to the proper time for holding Easter, the Christian of the East celebrating it on the same day as that in which the Jewish Passover fell, that is, the 14th of Nissan, while the majority of the churches celebrated it on Sunday next after this day. The controversay was decided by the Council of Nice in 325 A.D., which fixed Easter on the first Sunday after the full moon, which happens on a Sunday. Easter is the Sunday after, properly speaking, "full moon" - meaning the 14th day after the moon.

EASTER never occurs before March 22nd, or after April 25th.

1950 April 9 1967 March 26 1984 April 222001 April 21
1951 March 251968 April 141985 April 72002 March 31
1952 April 131969 April 61986 March 302003 April 20
1953 April 51970 March 291987 April 192004 April 11
1954 April 181971 April 111988 April 32005 March 27
1955 April 101972 April 21989 March 262006 April 16
1956 April 11973 April 221990 April 152007 April 7
1957 April 211974 April 141991 March 312008 March 23
1958 April 61975 March 301992 April 192009 April 12
1959 March 291976 April 181993 April 112010 April 4
1960 April 171977 April 101994 April 32011 April 24
1961 April 21978 March 261995 April 162012 April 8
1962 April 221979 April 151996 April 72013 March 31
1963 April 141980 April 61997 March 302014 Aoril 20
1964 March 291981 April 191998 April 122015 April 5
1965 April 181982 April 111999 April 42016 March 27
1966 April 101983 April 32000 April 232017 Apri 15

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