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When does Easter fall in 2012?
Woodlands Junior School is in the south-east corner of England

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cross When is Easter?

Easter usually comes in the month of April. However, Easter can fall as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

Easter Day in 2012 falls on Sunday 8 April.

2012 8 April 2018 1 April
2013 31 March 2019 21 April
2014 20 April 2020 12 April
2015 5 April 2021 4 April
2016 27 March 2022 17 April
2017 16 April 2023 9 April

cross Why does the date of Easter move?

Easter is called a moveable feast because the date of Easter changes every year. Easter Sunday can fall on any date from 22 March to 25 April.

The reason for this variation in the date of Easter is based on the lunar calendar (moon) rather than our more well-known solar one.

Easter always falls on the first Sunday following the full Moon (the Paschal Full Moon) after 21 March. If the Full Moon falls on a Sunday then Easter is the next Sunday.

cross When is the Easter Season?

The Easter Season begins on Easter Day and lasts 50 days, ending on Pentecost.

crossWhat happened on Easter Sunday?

It was on Easter Sunday that Jesus rose from death. Jesus had told his disciples before he was arrested that he would be crucified and on the third day he would rise from the dead. Sunday was the third day from Good Friday (Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day). The second day after Good Friday.

crossWhat has Passover got to do with Easter?

Easter and Passover always fall close to each other but they are not always at exactly the same time.

For many centuries before Jesus' birth, the Jewish people had their own special spring festival, called Passover (Pesach).

Passover commemorates the time when God rescued the people of Israel from slavery and Moses led them out of Egypt. It is the Israelite's liberation from Egypt that led to the beginning of Judaism.

Jesus, a Jew, was crucified during Passover time and it is said that the Last Supper was a Passover seder (a ritual meal that commemorates the Biblical accounting of the Jews escape from Egyptian slavery). It is Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection that led to the start of Christianity.

Both Easter and Passover revolve around the idea of rebirth. Jesus is resurrected, or born again, and the slaves are reborn into freedom. Both festivals draw in the idea of birth or rebirth with Easter eggs and the hard-boiled eggs served on Passover.

cross What are the different names for Easter?

In many European languages the name Easter comes from the word Passover.

Pascha in Greek and Latin,
Pasqua in Italian,
Paques in French,
Pascua in Spanish

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