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When is Easter 2008?

Easter Calendar 2008

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• February 6 - Ash Wednesday
• March 16 - Palm Sunday
• March 21 - Good Friday
• March 23 - Easter Sunday (Western)
• April 27 - Easter Sunday (Orthodox)

In Western Christianity, Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon. I had previously, and somewhat erroneously stated, "Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox." This statement was true in 325 AD, when it was established by the Council of Nicea. However, the course of history has modified the meaning of this instruction, and therefore, a clearer, more accurate explanation is necessary today.

There are, in fact, as many misunderstandings about the calculation of Easter dates, as there are reasons for confusion about Easter dates. To clear up at least some of the confusion visit:
Why Do the Dates for Easter Change Every Year?
Why do Eastern and Western Churches Celebrate Easter on Different Days?

Easter Calendar 2007

• February 21 - Ash Wednesday
• April 1 - Palm Sunday
• April 6 - Good Friday
• April 08 - Easter Sunday (Western)
• April 08 - Easter Sunday (Orthodox)

Easter Calendar 2009

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