Easter is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. “First Sunday” is a margin of 7 days; “full moon” is a margin of 29 days; “vernal equinox” is a margin of 3 days. Thus Easter could be within a 39 day span, coming as early as March 22nd or as late as April 25th.
The Greek Orthodox Church does not always celebrate Easter on the same day as the Catholic and Protestant countries. The reason is that the Orthodox Church uses the Gregorian calender when calculating Easter and the Catholic Church the Julian Calender.
When the Greek Orthodox Church in 1923 decided to change to the Gregorian calendar (or rather: a Revised Julian Calendar), they chose to use the astronomical full moon as the basis for calculating Easter, rather than the “official” full moon. And they chose the meridian of Jerusalem to serve as definition of when a Sunday starts.
The one thing that has always amazed me is how Easter is based upon a floating date derived from a lunar cycle. This all seems a bit too pagan for me. One would think given its importance to Christians and Orthodox alike, it would be a date absolute.
The photo is showing a couple Greek Easter traditions; eating Easter bread called tsoureki and breaking red dyed hard boiled Easter eggs.
Thanks for reading and hopefully your Easter is filled with bliss and joy. για την υγεία σας “to your health” cvc
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