I listened to a talk on radio that considered the starting date of Easter* back about 4,000 years ago. This chat was a raction to the kiddie movie Hop, meant to sell product, toys, DVDs, and games as well as secularize a religious observance - nothing new here.
Easter began in Roman Occupied Palestine during the reign of Tiberius Caesar some time between AD 26-36 - the Sunday following the Friday Crucifixion. Christ Rose from the dead after He harrowed Hell on Saturday. Easter is the advent of faith.
Millions of Christians worship God through the Risen Christ, Son of God.
Some people who were brought up in the faith no longer accept that. They tend to be loud and public and political. That's okay. The early Christians were loud and public and political. The big difference is that the later day atheists, Wiccans, Solar Power Adventists and since Jacob Grimm in the 19th century Ostarans, are not fed to lions, nailed to the cross, beheaded -except in Islamist happy nations -or stoned to death - except in Islamist happy nations. The secular apoptles have their 'feelings hurt.' In our Seseame Street Sweet PC dystopia feelings are every thing.
Christ Rose after Dying for my sins. I am going to Mass at Sacred Heart with my daughter Ckare. Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!
The Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox.
While Western Christians use the Gregorian calendar (the calendar that's used throughout the West today, in both the secular and religious worlds) to calculate the date of Easter, the Eastern Orthodox continue to use the older, astronomically inaccurate Julian calendar. Currently, March 21 on the Julian calendar falls on April 3 in the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, for the Orthodox, the Sunday following the 14th day of the paschal full moon has to fall after April 3, hence the discrepancy in the date of Easter.