Easter Sunday 2018
In 2018, Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 1. Easter is always celebrated on a Sunday, however, the date changes each year depending on the church calendar.
When Do We Celebrate Easter Sunday?
In the Bible, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus took place during the Jewish feast of Passover. Jesus was celebrating Passover with the disciples during the last supper. In 325 A.D., the counsel in Nicaea decided that Easter would occur on the Sunday after the first full moon of the Vernal Equinox.
There can be differences in the date of Easter Sunday between the western Christian churches and the eastern Christian or Orthodox churches. The Orthodox church still uses the Julian calendar. However, the Western churches felt that the Julian calendar was too long and switched to the Gregorian calendar. In some years, Easter falls on the same date. However, the majority of the time, the Orthodox Easter falls a week or two after the western Christian Easter.
The date of Easter also determines the date of other related religious holidays, including Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Pentecost.
Why Do We Celebrate Easter Sunday?
In the Christian tradition, Easter Sunday, also called Resurrection Sunday, is the foundation of the religion. This represents the day that Jesus arose from the dead, as predicted in the Old Testament. The Bible states that Jesus represents the Pascal Lamb who died for the sins of man. His resurrection from the dead fulfilled the prophecy and the promise from God to save mankind.
For the Catholic, Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox traditions, Easter Sunday the central basis for the religion. During the reformation, however, some of the Protestant religions began to look at many of the celebrations as abominations. They still believe in the resurrection of Jesus as the central foundation of the religion, but also believe that the since many of the Easter celebrations and traditions were developed after the Bible was written, there is no Biblical basis them.