Easter And April Fools Share The Same Date This Year.


Reader the Bible does not instruct Christians to set aside a day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. At the same time, the resurrection is most assuredly worth celebrating (1 Corinthians chapter 15). Celebration of Christ’s resurrection, then, is a matter of Christian freedom. Christians are free to celebrate the day of Christ’s resurrection and are free to refrain from celebrating. Since it is a matter of Christian freedom and not a biblical command, it would seem that there is also freedom as to precisely when the celebration of Christ’s resurrection is observed.


With that being said don't be surprised if the Easter Bunny plays a few pranks this year. The Easter holiday falls on April 1, aka April Fool's Day. Ash Wednesday this year was February 14 which mean it pulled double-duty by sharing the calendar date with Valentine's. It's the first time this odd occurrence has appeared on the calendar since 1945.


The coincidence has left many people wondering why Easter falls on a different date each year, anyway. Just as with Christmas, the exact date is not important. It is the fact that Christ was resurrected that is important. Christians are free to follow the traditional dating system for Easter, thereby observing Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. At the same time, the lack of conjunction with Passover and the questionable (at best) motives for the method of scheduling Easter make it highly doubtful that Christ’s resurrection is being celebrated according to the biblical calendar.

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