By: Ashleigh Clevenger

According to, Easter is a holiday celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, being the most important holiday for Christians. Since Easter doesn’t have a set date, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon. Easter is observed anywhere between March 22nd and the April 25th of every year. Orthodox Christians, using the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will take place, usually will celebrate a week or two after the Western churches. No one knows the exact origin of Easter, but some people think that the word Easter comes from the word Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other people think Easter came from the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, a reference to Easter week and the white clothes worn during baptisms. Because of a translation error, the term appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which became Easter in English.