Pozieres students learn about the history of Easter Sunday
HAVE you ever wondered why Easter is celebrated on a different day each year?
This year Easter took place from Good Friday on March 30 until Easter Monday on April 2, making Easter Sunday fall on April 1, which was also April Fool's Day.
Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday as it was the day Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified on a Friday two days before.
Centuries ago in 325, it was determined by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to commemorate the happy occasion.
In western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after spring equinox.
Easter can fall as early as March and as late as April or May, depending on the year and calendar used.
Christians in the east who use the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar may have a different date.
The date of Easter changes because the full moon can fall on different days in different time zones.
The death of Jesus occurred around the Jewish passover, which is traditionally held on the first full moon following the vernal equinox.
As the full moon can vary in each time zone, the church decided it would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead - the paschal full moon - and host Easter Day on the following Sunday.
Once the date of the moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holidays can be determined.
ANZAC Day, April 25, is one of Australia's most important occasions.
It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I.
Here at Pozieres State School we have very close links with our sister school in France.
The Mayor of Pozieres has visited our school on numerous occasions and only last week a French journalist arrived at our school to write about these connections.