Easter eggs have been seen stacked on supermarket shelves across the country for a few weeks now and with warmer days approaching, we know the celebration of spring is getting closer.
This year should be the first since 2019 that we are free from Covid restrictions, so whether you are celebrating Easter or just enjoying chocolate, the long weekend is welcome nonetheless.
However, unlike Christmas, it does not always fall on the same date.
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For this reason, we have listed the dates for this year’s Easter, including when the bank holiday long weekend will take place.
The holiday is always preceded by Good Friday and followed by Easter Monday, meaning there’s a good chance a four-day weekend is coming soon.
This year, Good Friday falls on April 15 and will mark the start of the Easter weekend in the UK.
It is then followed by Easter Sunday on April 17 and then Easter Monday on April 18 which will be a public holiday.
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.
What is Easter?
Easter is a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus as described in the Bible.
The gospels – accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus that are included in the Bible – place the date of the crucifixion on Friday, April 3, although mention of an eclipse occurring on that day has prompted further discussion.
The year of the crucifixion has been established as 33 AD by comparing with references to high priest Caiaphas, governor Pontius Pilate and emperor Tiberius Caesar, all of whom lived around the same time as Jesus.
However, the date of Easter changes every year because the last week of Jesus’ life – a period known as the Passion – includes a series of connected events that must fall in the correct place on the calendar.
Lent for the year 2022 will begin on Wednesday March 2 and end on Thursday April 14 and is a 40-day period when Christians remember events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ.
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