It’s February, and Christmas has long since disappeared into the horizon of the rearview mirror.
You may now be looking for the next big event to look forward to, to help you through the dark days of winter. And that event is, of course, Easter.
The Spring Festival is always a big celebration, whether you’re a Christian or just enjoy eating chocolate together, but this year it’s set to be even bigger, as it comes after two consecutive locked Easters.
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Whatever your plans for Easter, you’ll need to know the date of the big day – or the big weekend – so we’ve got you covered in the list below.
Dates of the Easter 2022 public holidays
- Good Friday: Friday, April 15
- Easter Sunday: Sunday April 17
- Easter Monday: April 18
Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays, meaning millions of people will be out of work for four consecutive days. Bring it on!
Why do the dates of Easter change every year?
Easter is based on a lunisolar calendar – the solar year plus a moon phase – similar to the Hebrew calendar. In our Gregorian calendar, Easter is usually the first Sunday after the first full moon after the March equinox.
Why do we celebrate Easter?
Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. According to the New Testament, he died on the cross on Easter Friday and was resurrected “on the third day” – Easter Sunday.
Easter also marks the end of Lent, the 40-day period that Jesus spent fasting in the desert and which is still commemorated today.
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