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When Is Easter 2021, and Why Is It a Different Date Each Year?

You probably already knew that Easter falls on a different date each year... but why?

When is Easter in 2021?

Easter will occur on Sunday, April 4, 2021. You probably already knew that Easter falls on a different date each year… but why?

Upcoming Dates for Easter

YearDate of Easter
2022April 17
2023April 9
2024March 31

Why Does Easter Fall On A Different Date Each Year?

Easter and the many church holidays related to it—such as Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday—are called “moveable feasts,” because they do not fall on a fixed date on the Gregorian calendar, which follows the cycle of the Sun and the seasons. Instead, these days follow a lunisolar calendar, similar to Jewish holidays.

How Is The Date of Easter Determined?

According to a Fourth Century ruling, the date of Easter is set for the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first full Moon of Spring, occurring on or shortly after the vernal equinox, or spring equinox. March 22 is the earliest Easter can occur on any given year, and April 25 is the latest. If that first spring full Moon occurs on a Sunday, then Easter will be observed the following Sunday.

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Astronomers can tell us precisely to the exact minute when the Moon will arrive opposite the Sun that will brand it as a “full” Moon. However, the Church follows its own methodologies in determining when the Moon turns full. One important factor is something called the “Golden Number.” It is a rather arcane series of computations that in the end provides a date for Easter. Of course, on occasion, the date for the full Moon does not exactly line up with the date that is provided by astronomy.

Easter Weather

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Be sure to check out what we’re forecasting for your Easter weekend here!

Easter Traditions

Ever wonder why we eat ham at Easter and dye eggs? Take a look here.

4 Clever Ideas For Stay-At-Home Easter Fun

If you’re not able to engage in your usual Easter activities, check out our list, below—we’ve put together a few helpful ideas to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday.

1. Virtual Easter

If you can’t be with extended family, why not set up a video conference? Many online video conferencing tools are free, and easy to set up right from your computer or smartphone. You schedule a date and time and send your guests the generated conference code. This is a great tool to use to stay connected with loved ones while social distancing. Here’s a guide to the many options available.

2. Mail it!

It’s fun getting mail that’s not a bill or sales flyer. Why not make your own Easter cards and mail them? You can print customizable Easter greetings found online to send to family and friends.

3. No-Egg Egg Hunts

Eggs are at a premium these days so if you decide not to make colored eggs this year, there are still ways to have an Easter “Egg” hunt.

  • Sock Hunts – Hide pairs of Easter-themed socks (rolled into an egg shape) around the house. You find them, you keep them!
  • Paper “Eggs” – Before Easter, have the kids decorate eggs made out of construction paper and then have an adult hide them. On Easter morning, whoever finds the most eggs wins a prize. You can even include messages on the back for more prizes!

4. Make Your Own Bubbles

Little girl blowing soap bubbles in spring outdoors. Healthy, lifestyle, happy childhood concept.

Who doesn’t love bubbles? Try some of these homemade bubble recipes from the DIY Network. Head out to the back yard and watch them float away for great spring/Easter fun!

Yummy Easter Recipes

Rice Krispie Easter Egg Nests Recipe

Close up of rice crispie cakes in pink and white cup cake cases with sugar coated eggs on top on a black slate background.

These are super easy to assemble. Using your favorite Rice Krispies™ Treats recipe, simply press into the cups of a muffin tin lined with colorful paper baking cups, to create a “nest.” When cooled, add a few jelly bean “eggs” and enjoy! You can even color your nests by adding a drop of food coloring to the marshmallow mixture, or melt some chocolate chips into the marshmallow mixture for chocolate nests.

Italian Easter Bread With Colored Eggs Recipe

A photo of Easter bread with colored eggs

This traditional Easter Bread recipe* comes from Chef Sal Scognamillo of Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in New York City. The Scognamillo family has owned and operated the Italian restaurant since 1944. Get the recipe here!

Peanut Butter Eggs, Meringue Bunnies, and Beet Pickled Eggs

Whether you enjoy a traditional Easter dinner of ham and hot cross buns or you’ve started new traditions of your own, try these adding these dishes to your Easter table. We guarantee every-bunny will love these egg-straordinarily tasty and festive recipes!

Fantastic Recipes for Easter Brunch

Easter brunch

Try these recipes for an unforgettable Easter brunch celebration.

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Johnnie Lee Mason

It’s the date, you see; (matters little to me), that Pascchal and some ‘ Gregorians linked up ” to Be…” The movable feasts , the fourth shall we say, in the B.C. Century…? A Wednesday, three Sundays, by the moon ~ A ‘Birth-Dee ! Just Honor Commandments, ~ an EXODUS ‘ PARTIE !!! , Raising All Children to bow from the knee…


Easter and other holidays like Christmas in being controlled by the moon. I say thateaster should be thethe 1st sunday in April and Christmas should be the 4th Monday in December. FORGET the moon and all the rest. We should be in control of these things.


OK make Christmas a peagan holiday? Easter is rarely on the same day, Christmas is always 12/25 judging by your misinformed comments it would be a guess to say your not into Christian believes and just want another 3 day weekend,,
I suggest you push for moving Kwanza as its origin is far more recent and its not attached to ancient rituals and believes more a celebration of new beliefs so no one has to be afraid of eternal damnation if its federal acknowledged on the first 2 days of Christmas week where we can all celebrate life, except for you, you will be sitting in a corner hoping the feds dont axe the new holiday and you have to get off your bed out of your PJS and Zoom into work

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