Easter
May 4, 2023

Easter will be observed or celebrated in 2023 on April 9th.

The origin of the English word Easter, which is similar to the German word Ostern, is unknown. One theory put out by the Venerable Bede in the eighth century was that it came from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility known as Eostre, or Eostrae. This perspective assumes that Christians took pagan names and festivities for their holiest feasts, just like the perspective that links the genesis of Christmas on December 25 with paganism’s winter solstice celebrations. This seems like a fairly dubious assumption given how fiercely Christians fought against all types of paganism (the worship of numerous deities). The Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin expression that was understood as the plural of alba (“dawn”), and the word’s origins are now widely accepted.

Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday or Pascha, is one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar because it marks the New Testament’s account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. The Paschal Triduum, also known as the Easter Triduum, begins on Maundy Thursday evening with the Last Supper and lasts through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday night with prayers. Eastertide officially begins on this day, which also marks the conclusion of Lent (a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer beginning on Ash Wednesday and finishing on Holy Saturday) and Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday and runs for seven days until Holy Saturday.

Easter Sunday
Easter is not a set date on the Gregorian or Julian calendars; rather, it occurs on a Sunday based on the lunisolar (sun and moon) calendar.

For Western Christians who use the Gregorian calendar, Easter has been established to fall on the Sunday after the full moon after March 21 each year (modern calendar). Easter will therefore always fall between March 22 and April 25 inclusive. Easter is similarly determined for Eastern Christians who follow the Julian calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. Easter is based on the first full moon following April 3, therefore it typically falls between April 4 and May 8 each year.

There was an attempt to establish guidelines that we still use today at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. to determine the date of Easter. They established the following rules: a) Easter must be observed on a Sunday throughout the world; b) this Sunday must follow the fourteenth day of the paschal moon; c) the paschal moon was to be considered the moon whose fourteenth day followed the spring equinox; d) and finally, it should be provided that a reliable authority, such as the Church of Alexandria at the time, determine the date of Easter each year for the entire world based on the aforementioned rules [1].

Time till Easter in 2023
With 11 days till Easter in 2023, it is day 99 of the calendar on Sunday, April 9.

Easter will be observed or celebrated in 2023 on April 9th.

The origin of the English word Easter, which is similar to the German word Ostern, is unknown. One theory put out by the Venerable Bede in the eighth century was that it came from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility known as Eostre, or Eostrae. This perspective assumes that Christians took pagan names and festivities for their holiest feasts, just like the perspective that links the genesis of Christmas on December 25 with paganism’s winter solstice celebrations. This seems like a fairly dubious assumption given how fiercely Christians fought against all types of paganism (the worship of numerous deities). The Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin expression that was understood as the plural of alba (“dawn”), and the word’s origins are now widely accepted.

Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday or Pascha, is one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar because it marks the New Testament’s account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. The Paschal Triduum, also known as the Easter Triduum, begins on Maundy Thursday evening with the Last Supper and lasts through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday night with prayers. Eastertide officially begins on this day, which also marks the conclusion of Lent (a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer beginning on Ash Wednesday and finishing on Holy Saturday) and Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday and runs for seven days until Holy Saturday.

Easter Sunday
Easter is not a set date on the Gregorian or Julian calendars; rather, it occurs on a Sunday based on the lunisolar (sun and moon) calendar.

For Western Christians who use the Gregorian calendar, Easter has been established to fall on the Sunday after the full moon after March 21 each year (modern calendar). Easter will therefore always fall between March 22 and April 25 inclusive. Easter is similarly determined for Eastern Christians who follow the Julian calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. Easter is based on the first full moon following April 3, therefore it typically falls between April 4 and May 8 each year.

There was an attempt to establish guidelines that we still use today at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. to determine the date of Easter. They established the following rules: a) Easter must be observed on a Sunday throughout the world; b) this Sunday must follow the fourteenth day of the paschal moon; c) the paschal moon was to be considered the moon whose fourteenth day followed the spring equinox; d) and finally, it should be provided that a reliable authority, such as the Church of Alexandria at the time, determine the date of Easter each year for the entire world based on the aforementioned rules [1].

Time till Easter in 2023
With 11 days till Easter in 2023, it is day 99 of the calendar on Sunday, April 9.

Easter will be observed or celebrated in 2023 on April 9th.

The origin of the English word Easter, which is similar to the German word Ostern, is unknown. One theory put out by the Venerable Bede in the eighth century was that it came from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility known as Eostre, or Eostrae. This perspective assumes that Christians took pagan names and festivities for their holiest feasts, just like the perspective that links the genesis of Christmas on December 25 with paganism’s winter solstice celebrations. This seems like a fairly dubious assumption given how fiercely Christians fought against all types of paganism (the worship of numerous deities). The Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin expression that was understood as the plural of alba (“dawn”), and the word’s origins are now widely accepted.

Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday or Pascha, is one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar because it marks the New Testament’s account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. The Paschal Triduum, also known as the Easter Triduum, begins on Maundy Thursday evening with the Last Supper and lasts through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday night with prayers. Eastertide officially begins on this day, which also marks the conclusion of Lent (a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer beginning on Ash Wednesday and finishing on Holy Saturday) and Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday and runs for seven days until Holy Saturday.

Easter Sunday
Easter is not a set date on the Gregorian or Julian calendars; rather, it occurs on a Sunday based on the lunisolar (sun and moon) calendar.

For Western Christians who use the Gregorian calendar, Easter has been established to fall on the Sunday after the full moon after March 21 each year (modern calendar). Easter will therefore always fall between March 22 and April 25 inclusive. Easter is similarly determined for Eastern Christians who follow the Julian calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. Easter is based on the first full moon following April 3, therefore it typically falls between April 4 and May 8 each year.

There was an attempt to establish guidelines that we still use today at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. to determine the date of Easter. They established the following rules: a) Easter must be observed on a Sunday throughout the world; b) this Sunday must follow the fourteenth day of the paschal moon; c) the paschal moon was to be considered the moon whose fourteenth day followed the spring equinox; d) and finally, it should be provided that a reliable authority, such as the Church of Alexandria at the time, determine the date of Easter each year for the entire world based on the aforementioned rules [1].

Time till Easter in 2023
With 11 days till Easter in 2023, it is day 99 of the calendar on Sunday, April 9.