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Easter is universally a joyous, happy day celebrated to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as it is told in the Bible. It is a celebration of the triumph of life over death. Historically, the resurrection of Christ occurred at the time of the Jewish feast of Passover (called Pesach in Hebrew). In the early years of Christianity, Jewish Christians observed resurrection and Passover together on the 14th day of Nisan, the Jewish month roughly corresponding with April. However, Gentile Christians celebrated the resurrection every Sunday with a special emphasis on the Sunday closest to Nisan 14. To settle this difference, at the Nicene Council in 325 AD, churchmen fixed the date of Easter on the first Sunday following the Paschal full moon. This is the first full moon after the vernal equinox, March 21.



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