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Christians have two dates for Easter. Here’s why

You will probably celebrate Easter this Sunday — you might already have a box of Peeps or peanut butter eggs waiting for your after-Mass Easter feast.

But for some Christians, April 4 will still be Lent, and marshmallow chicks, chocolate bunnies, and other Easter feasts will still be weeks away.

Those Christians won’t celebrate Easter until May 2 — so long after “Catholic Easter” that you will probably have eaten all your jellybeans while they’re just getting started.

It turns out that the date of Easter is more complicated than you probably realize.

In fact, for the whole of Christian history, the date of the celebration of Easter has been a controversial question: controversial enough even to lead to excommunications and nearly to schism. And complex enough that historians are still arguing about how the controversies unfolded, and whose at fault.

The long and short of it is this: While the majority of the world’s Christians celebrate Easter on the same day, there is a split between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches about the correct date. And that split extends even to some Catholic communities themselves.

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