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Easter RecipesEaster is a religious holiday that is celebrated in the springtime. In the Western Church, which roughly consists of Protestants, Catholics, and Anglicans, Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon that appears on or after the spring equinox (March 21).

According to this timeline, Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25. The Orthodox Eastern Church also regards Easter as a "movable" holiday, but it does not necessarily coincide with the celebration of the West. Although Easter can fall on the same day in the East and West, the Eastern Church generally observes the holiday a week or more after the West.

Unlike today, the celebration of Easter did not always follow a particular schedule. It wasn't until 325 A.D., under the rule of emperor Constantine, that the observance of Easter was set after the first full moon following the equinox. Prior to this time, early Christian churches observed Easter at various dates during the spring. This was in due, in part, to the Jewish festival of Passover, which was observed at the same time of year.

Passover, or Pesach, is an important feast in the Jewish calendar that is celebrated for 8 days in remembrance of the Israelites' flight from slavery to freedom in Egypt. Early Christians, some of whom were of Jewish origin, regarded Easter as a new facet of the Passover festival and simply integrated it into the existing Passover celebration.

Based on scripture, the early Christians reasoned that the resurrection of Christ followed a full moon that appeared after the vernal, or spring, equinox. Since no one in ancient times ever denied that the Resurrection took place on a Sunday, the early Christians eventually began to observe Easter (which they still called Passover) according to the schedule still used today - the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. Historians are convinced that different regions probably celebrated Easter on different Sundays since it was difficult to accurately calculate the vernal equinox.

The Easter holiday also has roots in pagan traditions that existed before the rise of Christianity. Historians have traced the origin of the word "Easter" to the Scandinavian word "Ostra" and the Germanic "Ostern," or "Eastre." Both derivations represent the names of mythological goddesses of spring and fertility. Festivals to honor these goddesses were held on or near the vernal equinox. Modern symbols of Easter, such as rabbits and eggs, can both be traced back to pagan traditions surrounding these fertility festivals.

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