This year that is in 2011, the Easter Sunday has fallen on the 24th of April. Every year in countries all over the world, the Easter Day is celebrated as the day that Jesus Christ was resurrected. The Resurrection is believed to have occurred on the third day from the Friday on which he was crucified. The day of his crucifixion is known as the “Good Friday” and the Sunday that follows Good Friday is celebrated as the Resurrection Day or Easter Sunday as we know it now. Unlike Christmas, This Christian holiday does not have a fixed date. Depending on the condition of the sun, the moon and the earth, the date on which the Easter Sunday will fall on a particular year is decided and therefore, it is almost never on the same date on two following years.
The Vernal Equinox, which is the 21st of March, has a lot to do with deciding the date on which Easter Sunday would be celebrated. After March 21st, the first full moon is marked because the Sunday that would come following this particular full moon, would be considered as the Easter Sunday that year. The exact date may vary from year to year, but it must fall between 22nd March and 25th April each year. The Easter Holiday is the oldest of the Christian celebrations and it is a testament to the Christian belief that there is life after death in heaven for the virtuous and the pious.
However, the exact date of the Easter Sunday is not always agreed upon with mutual consent from both the western and the orthodox churches. The difference between the two lies in the fact that the western churches follow the Gregorian Solar Calendar in determining the date of the Easter Sunday, while the orthodox Churches of the East follow the Jewish Lunar Calendar in doing the same. The World Council of Churches had tried once in 1997 to form a new way to fix the Easter Day which would be accepted by both the Eastern and the Western churches, but although it came into effect in the year 2001, it has not been properly utilized by none of the two divisions.