Easter is a moveable holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's considered one of the most important religious holidays.
Easter's birth 🐣
The roots of Easter date far back into history. For a long time Jews have been celebrating Pesach (or Passover) — a holiday commemorating the liberation from slavery in Egypt. Apparetly, that's where the name of Easter comes from.
The celebration of Pesach took place on the 14th day of the first full moon in spring and was always accompanied with feasts. The Resurrection was scheduled two days later. That's one point.
Digging deeper, we'll see that ancient people had a tradition of performing rituals connected with agriculture and land cultivation. It symbolized the fertility that comes with spring. Days become longer, thus light wins over darkness. It's probably in Homo Sapiens' genes to greet the beginning of spring with dancing, music, thanking God and so on. Let it be a short explanation for how Easter appeared. 🐣
How do I count the date of Catholic Easter? 🐰
As it was mentioned before, Easter is a moveable holiday, which means that its date is different each year.
In a nutshell, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after (never on) the Paschal full moon. The Paschal full moon is the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox. You can never rely on the sky, as the timing of natural phenomena often fluctuates. Instead, consulting the Gregorian calendar, we see that it's scheduled for March 21 (approximately). Fortunately, Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25. In 2022 it's going to be April 17.
Time to celebrate Easter! 🔔
Easter keeps a lot of traditions passing from generation to generation. We've graciously enlisted some of the most important activities that you should try:
- paint eggs in brightful colours; for those is not a huge fan of dairy products, there are dozens of chocolate eggs on sale this day 🥚🍫
- go on an easter egg hunt! It's almost like treasure hunt, but better: hide chocolate bunnies or eggs and let your friends find them! Parents could play this game with kids. 🐤
- check out bunny or rabbit souvenirs of any kind; seriously, bunnies are extremely popular in Easter, and you can find a bunny of any sort, made of chocolate, plastic, marmalade, clay, etc. They are a true symbol of this holiday, blessed be the fertility of the Earth! 🐇
When the next Easter comes, you can congratulate your friends and relatives on social media. When doing so, don't forget to use our set of symbols and emoji for Easter, for that's how the spirit of folk traditions is cherished in our hearts!