- March 31 – Easter Sunday (Western Christianity – Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
- May 5 – Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity – Eastern Orthodox Churches)
Arguments over the calender in the 400s led to a disagreement as to when to celebrate Easter. The Western Church chose the Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. It was probably because it coincided with an existing Spring pagan fertility festival. The Eastern Church chose to coincide Easter with the Jewish Passover, which is when , according to the Bible, the original Crucifixion and Resurrection occurred.
Whatever date Christians choose to celebrate the events, which are central to the Christian Faith, is probably not as important as is the fact that we do honor them.
This year the Western Easter happens to be on the day before April 1st, also known as April Fools Day.( The day people love to pull tricks on each other)
In the Middle Ages, up until the late 18th century, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 at the (Feast of the Annunciation) in most European towns. In some areas of France, New Year’s was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. April Fools originated because the date of the New Year was changed with the newly adopted and more accurate calender. Those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates. The use of January 1 as New Year’s Day was common in France by the mid-16th century, and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon.