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Why Easter is a different time every year

Why Easter is a different time every year

Easter is always an exciting time of year – partly because it creeps up unexpectedly when you assumed you still had a week or so left before you could crack open your eggs. And if you're anything like us here at Choc n Choc, you're always so distracted by the delicious chocolate everywhere that you forget it falls at a different time every year.

So, once and for all: here's why Easter falls on different dates.

Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, to put it simply. The most common date for Easter in the West is 19 April. The earliest it can fall is 22 March, and the latest is 25 April.

The confusing system for working it out comes from Hebrew, Roman and Egyptian calendars, culture and customs.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, feels the confusion, too. He’s said he hopes churches can agree on a fixed date for Easter within the next decade.

It’s probably best to just eat chocolate all year round, just to be on the safe side.

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