According to the Bible, Jesus Christ's death and resurrection occurred at the time of the Jewish Passover , which was celebrated on the first Full Moon following the vernal equinox.
This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates. At the end of the 2nd century, some congregations celebrated Easter on the day of the Passover, while others celebrated it on the following Sunday.
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In CE , the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. Not all Christians observe Easter according to the Gregorian calendar.
Most Orthodox Christians still observe Easter under the Julian calendar. The Gregorian calendar was created because the Julian calendar was slightly too long. With the Julian calendar, the equinox date moved towards the earlier dates of March and further away from Easter Sunday.
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The introduction of the Gregorian calendar allowed for a realignment with the equinox. Like the Easter date based on the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Easter falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25 in the Julian calendar years In the Gregorian calendar, this corresponds to April 3 to May In , Easter fell on the same day April 16 in both calendars when the Julian date was converted to the Gregorian date.
The next time the two Easter dates coincide will be in April There have been a number of suggested reforms for the Easter date. For example, in , the World Council of Churches proposed a reform of the Easter calculation to replace an equation-based method of calculating Easter with direct astronomical observation. This would have solved the Easter date difference between churches that observe the Gregorian calendar and those that observe the Julian calendar. Aitchison points out that given he is over six feet tall it is a challenge for him to stay hidden, but he has developed various techniques.
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