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When is Easter 2018 and why does the date change each year?

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:10 PM

Fun Facts About Easter

No one ever wonders when Christmas falls each year, but Easter Sunday is a different story.

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The Christian holiday, which celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead following his crucifixion, marks the end of the Holy Week, or Lent.

When is Easter 2018?

This year’s Easter Sunday falls on April 1 and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke.

How is the date determined?

Today, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, the full moon after the spring equinox. Once the date of the full moon is set, it’s easy to determine the date of Easter Sunday and other Easter holidays.

>> Related: It’s Lenten season: Why it’s not always good to give up things for Lent

Why Sunday?

In 325 CE, the Council of Nicaea, a gathering of Christian bishops, decided that there should be a more organized and universal way to decide when Easter would be celebrated, the AJC previously reported.

They decided that the holiday would be held the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox, which always occurs on March 21. 

If the full moon falls on a Sunday, Easter is delayed a week.

>> Related: What is Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and how do we celebrate?

Why does the date change each year?

The date of Easter changes, because the Paschal full moon can fall on various days in different time zones.

But because Easter falls on a Sunday after the March 21 spring equinox, it will always occur on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. That’s also why Easter and Christian holidays leading up to that day, such as Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Good Friday, are referred to as “moveable feasts.”

>> Related: Ash Wednesday around the world

Do Christians celebrate Easter Sunday on the same day?

According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, the Eastern Orthodox typically celebrate Easter Sunday later than Protestants and Roman Catholics. That’s because Eastern Orthodox churches didn’t adopt the Gregorian calendar method and instead follow the Julian calendar, a solar calendar adopted by Julius Caesar in 45 BC, which is 13 days ahead of the Gregorian calendar.

>> Related: How did a bunny become the Easter symbol?

When was Easter 2017? 

Last year, Easter Sunday fell on April 16.

When will Easter 2019 be?

Next year, Easter Sunday will fall on April 21.

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2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift top winner list

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:50 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Singers, songwriters and recording artists were awarded at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. 

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Top Artist

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

Icon Award

Top Country Song

Top Selling Album

Top Rap Song

Top Social Artist

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Top Female Artist

Top Hot 100 Song

Top New Artist

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Kelly Clarkson calls for ‘moment of action’ to honor victims of Texas school shooting at Billboard awards

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:23 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In a moving and somber start to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson called attention to the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left 10 dead and another 13 wounded.

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Instead of a moment of silence, however, Clarkson, who said no one should be in fear to go to school called on the crowd, and viewers, to honor the victims with a moment of action. 

"Once again we're grieving for more kids that have died ... I'm so sick of moment of silences ... it's not working," an emotional Clarkson said. "Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school."

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Police: 2 people shot, 1 dead near high school graduation in Georgia

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:21 AM

Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)
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Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)(gfx)

A shooting after a high school graduation has left one woman dead and another injured.

Update 3:58 p.m. EST:

Police told WSB that two arrests have been made, but are not naming the suspects at this time, due to additional charges pending. 

Original:

The shooting happened near Mount Zion High School at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

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Police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

A graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center when the shooting occurred in a nearby overflow parking lot.

That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.

The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.

Multiple police and emergency agencies rushed to the scene on the ground and in the air.

 

Glenda Norman said that her grandson was at the school when the shooting happened.

“He went there for something tonight. And I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to go down and check on him,’” Norman said.

Investigators said a third woman, who is 36 weeks pregnant, was thrown to the ground in the chaos from the shooting, but is expected to be alright.

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Deaf, pregnant woman with service animal says she was punched on flight

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:02 PM

A deaf, pregnant woman said a man punched her in the stomach and hit her service dog waiting to exit a plane. (Photo: Screengrab via WFTV.com)
A deaf, pregnant woman said a man punched her in the stomach and hit her service dog waiting to exit a plane. (Photo: Screengrab via WFTV.com)

Video shows a confrontation that erupted after a deaf pregnant woman said a man punched her and her service dog as their Frontier flight was taxiing to a gate at Orlando International Airport.

The family of the man said it was all a misunderstanding.

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Hazel Ramirez admits that her fiancé, Matthew Silva, tackled Timothy Manley in the terminal early Thursday.

But she said that was after Manley punched her service dog.

She told police the attack happened after the flight from Colorado Springs, Colorado, landed in Orlando when "the larger service animal took up more space than Timothy felt it deserved."

Ramirez, who is deaf, spoke to WFTV Friday evening through a sign language interpreter.

"My fiancé started yelling at the man and said, 'Don't you ever touch our dog. Don't touch a service animal ever,'" she said. "'That's not OK.'"

Video shows Ramirez and her fiancé respond by angrily signing at Manley.

Petrini Manley, Timothy Manley's wife, told WFTV her husband accidentally swatted the great Dane when it startled him, but he couldn't convey that to Ramirez's fiancé.

She said her husband is an animal lover who would never intentionally harm a dog.

Petrini Manley said her son recorded video that shows Silva kicking her husband in anger -- proof that Silva was the aggressor.

But Ramirez, who is 20 weeks pregnant, said it didn't escalate into a tackle until Manley punched her in the stomach after her fiancé shouted at him.

"That's when my fiancé just became furious, because he put his hands on me and the kid and the dog," she said.

She said her fiancé was trying to keep everyone there until police arrived, but Manley's family said it never understood that and instead felt they were being held hostage.

Petrini Manley said Silva is the one who got violent first, even causing her glasses to break.

The Orlando Police Department has handed over the case to the FBI since the incident happened on a plane.

An FBI spokesman said the agency is working with OPD to determine whether anyone will be charged in the case.

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