Easter is just around the corner and many of us are already gearing up for the celebrations, stockpiling chocolate eggs and planning treasure hunts for the kids. The holiday falls at the start of April in 2021, but always changes its dates year on year.
Although a Christian holiday at its core, Easter has been commercialised over the years and is now typically celebrated by everyone in the UK, much like Christmas.
But why does the holiday always fall on different dates and is there any signifiance to it?
We reveal all you need to know…
When is Easter weekend in 2021?
This year, Easter weekend falls on April 2 to April 5.
This is down to the holiday always having to fall a set amount of time after Lent and Mother’s Day, with all the Christian occasions influencing each other’s date on the calendar.
All the main Spring occasions in the Christian calendar fall on a Sunday, which is why the dates aren’t always consistent year on year.
What is Easter and why is it celebrated?
Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Christian celebration of Holy Week which signifies the period of Lent.
Lent started in mid-February and is the period in which those participating tend to ‘give up’ or sacrifice something until the Easter period begins.
Many choose to give up things such as chocolate or alcohol for Lent, but the period is meant to be honouring all Jesus Christ gave up for his people, and is in some way a form of mourning his crucifixion.
Easter however, is a joyful celebration because it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which happened on what is now called Easter Sunday.
Easter is considered by many to be the most important Christian celebration, with the Sunday itself as the most holy day.
This is down to Jesus himself being spotted on that day, and for days after, following his cruel death.
Traditions such as the Easter roasts and giving up things for Lent all derive from Christian traditions, however, not all Easter practices come from the religion.
Other symbols linked to the holiday such as the Easter bunny or coloured eggs come from Paganism.