Easter is the holiest day of the year; an extremely important holiday for Catholics. Easter is a celebration of the ancient easter holiday dating back toward a few centuries after the birth of the Church, though no early church father mentions Easter in their writings. LEO I considered Christmas preperation for this holiest holiday, a testament to its supremacy.
Easter is a time when certain traditions are observes. It is celebrated either as the start of spring or a religious festival. In England presents traditionally take the form of an Easter eggs. Easter eggs are usually made of chocolate. Nowadays, Easter eggs are often artificial. But they haven't been used before the middle of the last century and they haven't displaced the true Easter eggs. Easter eggs always grace breakfast tables on Easter Day. Sometimes they are hidden about the house for the children to find them. They are some Easter games like egg-rolling and egg-shackling.
Of all the symbols associated with Easter the egg, the symbol of fertility and new life, is the most identifiable. The customs and traditions of using eggs have been associated with Easter for centuries.Originally Easter eggs were painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring and were used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts. After they were colored and etched with various designs the eggs were exchanged by lovers and romantic admirers, much the same as valentines. In medieval time eggs were traditionally given at Easter to the servants. In Germany eggs were given to children along with other Easter gifts.
The date Easter. Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However, a caveat must be introduced here. The "full moon" in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical "vernal equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.
The date of Easter is computed according to the rules established as part of the Gregorian calendar reform in 1582. The Gregorian calendar is the one now used worldwide for civil purposes. Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter Sunday. When is Easter 2006?
This is the Easter calendar for Easter 2006:
Ash Wednesday is 01 March
Palm Sunday is 9 April
Good Friday is 14 April
(Western) Easter Sunday is 16 April ; (Orthodox) Easter Sunday is 23 April.
In western catholicism Easter 2006 will be celebrated on Sunday the 16th of April. However, in Orthodox Catholicism Easter 2006 will be celebrated on Sunday the 23rd of April.