Eastern Christianity recognises a different date for Easter because they follow the Julian calendar, as opposed to the Gregorian calendar which is widely used by most countries today. Great Britain changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1752. The Julian Calendar was proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC, in which the year consisted of 365 days, every fourth year having 366 days. It was later revised by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, and that edition eventually became the Gregorian calendar. Russia – as well as other Balkan, Middle Eastern and former Soviet countries – also observe the Julian calendar and celebrate a later Easter.
If you celebrate Orthodox Easter or would like to follow along for fun the instructions are below!
Created by Aneta at Yeading Library