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Easter Sunday in United States

Quick Facts

Easter Sunday is an important day in the Christian church calendar because it celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief.

Local names

NameLanguage
Easter SundayEnglish
Domingo de PascuaSpanish

Easter Sunday 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015
See list of observations below
The Easter Sunday date varies because it is determined using a calculated lunar calendar. It is the first Sunday approximately after the first full moon on or after the March equinox.

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is also a time for decorating eggs or sharing chocolate eggs among friends and family.
Easter Sunday
Many Christians celebrate Easter Sunday in the United States. ©iStockphoto.com/Anna Yu

What do people do?

Many churches hold special services on Easter Sunday, which celebrate the Jesus Christ's resurrection after his crucifixion. Many people also decorate eggs. These can be hard boiled eggs that can be eaten later, but may also be model eggs made of plastic, chocolate, candy or other materials. It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts. Eggs of some form are hidden, supposedly by a rabbit or hare. People, especially children, then search for them. In some areas, Easter egg hunts are a popular way for local businesses to promote themselves or may even be organized by churches.

Public life

Easter Sunday is not a federal holiday. Many aspects of public life are not any different to any other Sunday. Public transit systems usually run their regular Sunday schedule.

Background

In Pagan times, many groups of people organized spring festivals. Many of these celebrated the re-birth of nature, the return the land to fertility and the birth of many young animals. These are the origins of the Easter eggs that we still hunt for and eat.

In Christian times, the spring began to be associated with Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the resurrection is remembered on Easter Sunday. The idea of the resurrection joined with the ideas of re-birth in Pagan beliefs.

Symbols

For people with strong Christian beliefs, the cross that Jesus was crucified on and his resurrection are important symbols of the period around Easter. Other symbols of Easter include real eggs or eggs manufactured from a range of materials, nests, lambs and rabbits or hares. Sometimes these symbols are combined, for example, in candy models of rabbits with nests full of eggs. Eggs, rabbits, hares and young animals are thought to represent the re-birth and return to fertility of nature in the spring.

About Easter Sunday in other countries

Read more about Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunApr 61980Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 191981Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 111982Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 31983Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 221984Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 71985Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 301986Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 191987Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 31988Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 261989Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 151990Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 311991Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 191992Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 111993Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 31994Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 161995Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 71996Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 301997Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 121998Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 41999Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 232000Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 152001Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 312002Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 202003Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 112004Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 272005Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 162006Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 82007Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 232008Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 122009Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 42010Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 242011Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 82012Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunMar 312013Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 202014Easter SundayObservance, Christian 
SunApr 52015Easter SundayObservance, Christian 

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