Easter Traditions in Other Countries

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The exact origins of the name “Easter” are unclear, but Christians throughout the world celebrate the holiday. It is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar, though it has no set date. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the spring equinox for those Christians who are in the Western part of the world. Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter a week or two after their Western counterparts. Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and reflection mirroring Christ’s forty days of temptation in the desert immediately precedes Easter.

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