As spring blossoms and days grow longer, the arrival of Easter beckons with its timeless blend of religious significance, cultural traditions, and joyful festivities.  Easter, a cherished Christian festival, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ as recounted in the New Testament of the Bible. This significant event unfolds with Jesus’ arrest by Roman authorities due to his proclamation of being the Son of God, leading to his crucifixion. The transformative moment of his resurrection, occurring three days later, symbolizes the essence of Easter.

The observance of Easter encompasses the culmination of the ‘Passion of Christ,’ commencing with Lent, a solemn 40-day period of fasting, and culminating in the Holy Week. Within this sacred timeframe, Holy Thursday marks the remembrance of Jesus’s last supper, followed by the solemnity of Good Friday, which commemorates his crucifixion. This spiritual journey finds its fulfillment on Easter Sunday.

As we prepare to welcome the festivities, here are the dates, calendar, and guide to celebrating Easter 2025 around the world.

Easter date 2025

Easter is on different dates each year, between 21 March and 25 April, depending on when there’s a full moon in Spring. In 2025, Easter falls on Sunday, 20 April.

Easter Sunday and its associated celebrations, such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, are often referred to as “moveable feasts.” However, within Western Christianity, adhering to the Gregorian calendar, Easter consistently occurs on a Sunday falling between March 21st and April 25th.

Traditionally, Easter aligns with the first Sunday succeeding the initial full moon after the spring equinox. Conversely, in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, abiding by the Julian calendar, Easter falls on a Sunday between April 4 and May 8 annually.

How Easter is celebrated 

Easter is celebrated as a joyous occasion, with the preceding Sunday, known as Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. The festivities often kick off in various churches on Saturday night with the Easter Vigil, a religious service marking the anticipation of Easter.

Notably, Easter holds connections with the Jewish holiday of Passover, narrated in the Old Testament, recounting the Jews’ exodus from Egypt.

Gift-giving takes a delightful turn during Easter, with chocolate-filled or brightly painted eggs containing sweets exchanged as common tokens of affection. The season prompts a loosening of purse strings as the celebrations follow a 40-day lent period.

Beyond religious observances, non-religious Easter traditions thrive. Symbolizing fertility and birth, Easter eggs take center stage, accompanied by the Easter bunny delivering chocolates and sweets to excited children on Sunday morning. The festivities extend to engaging activities like treasure hunts for Easter eggs, as well as games such as egg rolling and egg decorating, adding a playful and vibrant dimension to the celebration.

 

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