Saturday 1 October 2016

All about Easter 2016

Published 15/01/2016 | 18:08

Newly hatched chicks amongst decorative Easter eggs at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 26, 2013. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Newly hatched chicks amongst decorative Easter eggs at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 26, 2013. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

All your questions about Easter 2016 answered, including when it actually happens.

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Because Easter is a movable feast and does not fall on a fixed date, like Christmas Day, it can be hard to know exactly when it is. The matter is further complicated by Western Christianity and Eastern Christianity using different calendars (the Gregorian and Julian calendars respectively.) In Western Christianity it takes place on a Sunday between the 22nd of March and the 25th of April, after the full moon. There are complex rules governing the exact date, but we'll let the scholars argue over those.

When is Easter Sunday 2016?

Easter Sunday takes place on the 27th March 2016.

In many countries, especially those with a strong Christian background, the Monday after Easter Sunday is a bank holiday.

When is the Easter 2016 Bank Holiday?

The Easter bank holiday Monday takes place on the 28th of March 2016

Good Friday is another big part of Easter week. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. It takes place on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is a holiday day in many Western countries and many countries have specific rules in place, such as Ireland's renowned ban on alcohol sales.

When is Good Friday 2016?

Good Friday 2016 takes place on the 25th of March 2016

In many Western countries, Easter marks the break between school terms. With the break comes the Easter holidays. Irish schoolchildren will be particularly pleased with the 2016 Easter Holidays, because they can look forward to enjoying a whole three weeks off due to St. Patrick's Day falling so close to Easter.

Read More - Schools get three-week break over Easter 2016

When are the Easter 2016 holidays?

Irish schools will finish on Wednesday, March 16th 2016 and will not re-open again until Monday, April 4th 2016

Many people will take the long break as a chance to go on holidays, so here are some tips from our travel team - The Easter break lasts three weeks - here are 10 ways to bag a holiday bargain

Why do we have Easter eggs?

In Christianity, the eggs at Easter represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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President Barack Obama stands with the Easter bunny during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. The 134-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
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President Barack Obama stands with the Easter bunny during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. The 134-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

In some cultures, the eggs are dyed red to symbolise the colour of Jesus' blood.

Why do we have an Easter Bunny?

The tradition started in Germany, with an "Easter Hare". The Easter Hare behaved a lot like Santa Claus, judging whether children were naughty or nice and bringing decorated eggs and other gifts. Over time the Hare became more commonly called a bunny in the English speaking world.

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