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    Why?

    Apart from making life easier for businesses and schools why interfere with tradition?

    Archbishop Justin Welby hopes for fixed Easter date - BBC News

    On the other hand, why was Easter based on the lunar calendar in the first place?

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    Re: Why?

    Because Passover was a lunar event, because the date of the Exodus was based on the full moon. You can't celebrate the killing of all the firstborn in Egypt if you don't have the moon in the same phase or God would smite you.

    Nobody in their right mind is going to change the date of Easter, it's a non-starter. England wouldn't be England without moveable feasts.
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    Re: Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Because Passover was a lunar event, because the date of the Exodus was based on the full moon. You can't celebrate the killing of all the firstborn in Egypt if you don't have the moon in the same phase or God would smite you.

    Nobody in their right mind is going to change the date of Easter, it's a non-starter. England wouldn't be England without moveable feasts.
    Then why don't the Xians follow the Hebrew calendar as Jesus was arrested at Passover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    Then why don't the Xians follow the Hebrew calendar as Jesus was arrested at Passover?
    Because they use different calculations to reach the same theological day, but they do intend to reach the same anniversary.

    There's an attempt at describing how the differences arise at "Why don’t Easter and Passover always fall together on the calendar?" at Determining the Dates for Easter and Passover | Ray Fowler .org
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    Re: Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    On the other hand, why was Easter based on the lunar calendar in the first place?
    Put quite simply, because Easter has nothing to do with Christianity in the first place. It is the Pagan festival of Eostre which was hijacked by the Romans and as you know, most Pagan activity is Lunar / Solar based.

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