When is Easter 2019?: Here are the dates for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

When is Easter 2019?: Here are the dates for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

It may be a year away but for some that feels like it will be here before you know it, so it’s handy to know exactly when Easter is.

You know it’s a long way off, but it’s always good to know exactly when Easter is.

Especially for those who can be forgetful and need a reminder to purchase those all-important Easter eggs.

It’s always a bit tricky and confusing to work out or remember when it is because the dates change each year, reports the Coventry Telegraph .

Easter 2018 in Surrey

So when is Easter 2019 and why do the dates keep changing?

Here’s all you need to know.

When is Easter 2019?

The key dates are as follows:

Good Friday is on April 19

Easter Sunday (also called Easter Day) is on April 21

Easter Monday is on April 22

Good Friday is the next bank holiday in the year after New Year’s Day.

And with Easter Monday also a bank holiday, it means a four-day long weekend for many people.

Why does the date of Easter change every year?

Easter is what’s called a movable feast – a Christian festival were the date changes each year.

Easter Day is when Christ rose from the dead, two days after the Crucifixion (which was on what’s now called Good Friday) and on the Sunday following the Last Supper (which is on what’s known as Maundy Thursday).

But no-one recorded the dates.

So there is instead a complicated system to work out when Easter should be celebrated.

Centuries ago, a council of Christian bishops decided that Easter Day must always be a Sunday because that was the day of the Resurrection.

Christ’s Resurrection was on the Sunday following the Last Supper – and the Last Supper was on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.

Because the full moon can be on different days in different time zones, the Church decided that they would always take the date as the 14th day of the lunar month.

It’s become known as the Paschal Full Moon and can vary by as much as two days from the actual astronomical full moon.

Once the date of that full moon is known, then Easter can be given its annual slot on the calendar. Easy, right?

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Article courtesy of Get Surrey