An Egg-citing Day: Why Easter is on a different date every year


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Image of an Easter basket with dyed eggs in them.

Everyone loves the hidden easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, Peeps marshmallows, and sweet candies that come with Easter! So how come it’s at such a different time each year? 

Many people believe that Easter is the second Sunday in April or the last Sunday in March, similar to Mother’s Day and Day Light Savings Time. 

“All I know is that it’s always on a Sunday,” said Senior Margo Brandenburger. 

Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the Spring Equinox. Spring Equinox is when the sun is directly above the Equator making day and night equal in length. Spring Equinox is always on March 20th, also known as the first day of spring. 

Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. This year, Easter will be on Sunday, April 17. Last year it fell on April 4 and the year before, April 12.

When we look back to 2002, Easter was March 31, however, when we look forward to 2025 it will land on April 20th. 

According to, April 16th and March 31 are the most common dates for Easter to fall on, each falling 22 times each. 

Meanwhile, March 23 is the rarest date for Easter. Easter landed on March 23rd once so far in 1818 and will land there again in 2160. 

On April 17, 2022, 80% of the world’s population will be celebrating Easter. The day will be filled with dying Easter eggs, family brunches, and many other Holiday traditions. 

As for the Highlands High School Bluebirds, many of them are doing something special for this holiday. 

“We go to church in the morning and then brunch,” said Senior Sydney Shewalter.

“I go to my cousin’s house and dye easter eggs,” said Freshman Georgia Horton.

“I like getting to spend time with my family and giving my kids their Easter baskets,” said HHS English Teacher Shannon Henson.