I've been enjoying Spring Break this week. I've spent my time writing, reading, painting, crafting, celebrating my birthday, and preparing for Easter. Yesterday, as Sean and I were running errands (which included test driving a Volkswagen Beetle, my dream car), Sean posed an interesting question: why does the date for Easter vary from year to year? Why isn't it the same day every year like Christmas? I did not know the answer to his question, so I decided to do some investigating. Here's a brief summary of what I discovered.
Since Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection coincided with the Jewish Passover, religious officials wanted to keep the observation of Easter around the same time as the Passover. The Jewish calendar changes every year based on solar and lunar cycles, thus changing the dates of their holidays; therefore, the date for Easter changes as well.
Perhaps you already knew this little tidbit of information; however, I did not, and I find it rather interesting. Truth is, it doesn't matter when or how you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. If you're a believer, it only matters that you acknowledge it.
As for Easter eggs . . . check back soon to read about my latest egg-dying adventure!