Friday, March 23, 2018

When is Easter Sunday in 2018 | Easter 2018 Date

When is Easter Sunday in 2018 | Easter 2018 Date

Easter 2018 is observed on Sunday, April 1.

Easter falls on Sunday after the full moon following March 21 for Western Christians, it is not a fixed date so the Easter will come between March 22nd and April 25th each year. The day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday is one of the most revered events among Christians all over the world. It marks Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death.

Many Christians all over the globe celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and ringing of church bells. Some countries like Philippines and Spain organise Easter processions. As per Christian Bible, it is a day of joy and celebration to commemorate Jesus Christ resurrection.

Easter has a great religious significance for Christians, children in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, think of it as a time to get new spring clothes and to decorate eggs. Easter baskets full of candy, snacks, and different gifts are given to children at this time.

Easter Sunday falls on a Sunday, a non-working day in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As per Gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene found the place empty where Jesus was buried. An angel told her about the rise of Jesus. Easter traditions can be traced back to pagan celebrations. Easter date depends on the March equinox. Easter date was decided as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the March equinox. Easter is delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday.

Easter Sunday signifies the end of the 40 days of Lent, which means Christians who gave up something during lent to signify Jesus' time in the wilderness, can indulge themselves again. The church bells will ring again, which were silent during Lent period.

Why is it called Easter?

The name Easter is derived from 'Ostara' or 'Eostre', a pagan goddess of fertility, celebrated on the Vernal Equinox. The East word is also derived from her names, as is Oestrogen, the female hormone. The holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked.

Easter also called Pascha depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar.

The tradition of eggs marking Easter represent rebirth and resurrection - new life being born from the egg. It's also been said that egg recalls the shape of the stone that rolled away on Easter Sunday form the tomb that held Jesus' body. Easter eggs are made with hard boiled eggs dipped in colored dye on the outside. Easter candy is hidden in plastic eggs. These both are used in Easter egg hunts which are organized by churches and local businesses. An Easter basket is used to collect the eggs. Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are both fertility symbols. The symbol of the cross and Jesus Christ images, via paintings or statues, are recalled on Easter Day.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from his crucifixion 3 days earlier is observed as Good Friday. Jesus is regarded as the Son of God. Easter was first observed by Jewish Christians.

Easter Dates

2018 - April 1
2019 - April 21
2020 - April 12
2021 - April 4
2022 - April 17
2023 - April 9
2024 - March 31
2025 - April 20

Why is Easter celebrated on a different day every year?

The dates when Easter is celebrated often varies from year to year. The Alexandrian Church's formula was accepted as the correct way to determine the Easter date. With this and the method of calculating Passover, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon whose 14th day is on or after the Vernal Equinox. The earliest date that Easter can be in March 22 and the latest is April 25.

Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and also known as Easter Saturday, Black Saturday, White Saturday or Easter Eve. Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and it can fall between 21 March and 24 April in the Western church. After Jesus Christ crucifixion on Good Friday, this day marks the full day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb and before his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Easter Monday is the day celebrated after Easter Sunday.