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- Published on Saturday, 04 April 2015 11:14
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My Good Friday is "Gooder" than Yours, Or going through the Two Easter date details in the Middle East.
In the Occidental calendar, setting up Easter date is straight forward: it is the First Sunday after the Spring Full Moon, with spring beginning on March 21st.
In the Oriental Calendar, things might appear to be more complex, and here are the different points that are considered: Eventhough Easter is always related to the Spring Full Moon, yet spring in this case starts on April 2nd, since this particular calendar is based on the Julian Calendar, which has a 12 days advance over the Gregorian calendar (the Main Western/occidental calendar). This is why Russian, Greek,and Orthodox Armenian Christmas falls on January 6th, and New Year is Celebrated on January 13th (12 days after the December 25th, and January 1st Celebrations).
So back to Easter, Spring does start then on April 2nd, but Easter Sunday should always fall after the Thursday following the Spring Full Moon! But why is Thursday now in the lead?
...On that Thursday, Jesus had sent his disciples to find an "Upper Room" to eat/celebrate the Passover, which was and still is a major Hebraic celebration (remember Barabas' release)... Orthodox community cannot conceive celebrating the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ before the actual Hebraic Passover Feast.
Based on the above, unless they fall at the same time, the difference could be one week, and 5 weeks, with always the Occidental date the first to be.
It is one week when the full moon falls after April 2nd, but after the Thursday, like this year, 2015 full moon is on Saturday April 4th, making one week difference between both celebrations. As for when the full moon falls before April 2nd, such as what will happen next year, in 2016 full moon would be n March 23rd, occidental Easter, Occidental Easter will be on March 27th, whereas for the Oriental Easter it will have to wait for the next full moon on Friday April 22nd, which will push it yet another week till Sunday May 1st.
It Should be noted here that in the Middle East, the Antiochian Orthodox community used to celebrate Christmas on January 6th, but in an effort to unite the celebration, Shifted till December 25th, in a goodwill move for the other community to shift its Easter Celebration Date. A move that already happened in Syria with the same Greek Catholic community, as well as in Jerusalem, but for some reasons it is still not happening in Lebanon with that same community, in addition to the Maronites.
Within the oriental Easter Rituals, there is one very peculiar celebration, held at the Holy Sepulcher Church in Jerusalem, in the early afternoon of of Easter Saturday, where a special flame illuminates the entire church and is later taken to all the different parts of the worlds (usually transmitted live on TV).