What Is The Latest Possible Date For Easter To Be On, And When Is The Earliest Possible Date, And What Determines The Exact Date Every Year?

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The earliest possible date for Easter is March 22 and the latest possible date is April 25. In the Eastern Orthodox churches, Easter was, at times, celebrated as late as May 8. The precise date when Easter is celebrated each year depends on the lunar calendar. As a general rule, Easter falls on the first Sunday, following the first full moon, in the weeks following March 21 of any given year. There have been some efforts by both governments and churches to develop a universal, fixed date for Easter. One such idea was to have it fall on the second Sunday of April each year. The recommendations, however, were never implemented.

The specific dates of the Easter holidays during the coming years and decades have already been determined, thanks to complex computer-based calculations. For example, in 2008, Easter will be celebrated on March 23 for Western Christians and on April 27, among the Eastern rite denominations. In 2050, Easter will fall on April 10 in the West and on April 17 in the East.

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