Easter in April and Passover in March
This year Easter is celebrated after Passover, but why? In order to understand why this is happening, we need to look at how the holiday was established and changes that have occurred in history that contributed to these holidays being celebrated a month apart this year.
After coming out of Egypt, God established a new calendar for the children of Israel.
Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.
4 On this day you are going out, in the month Abib.
The month of Abib, later renamed Nisan, occurs in the spring. The events immediately surrounding the establishing of this new calendar is the first Passover. Passover was ordained by God in Leviticus 23, along with the Sabbath and six other biblical holy days (feasts). Four of seven biblical holy days take place in the spring or early summer; the last three take place in the fall. On the first Passover, Nisan 14, God delivered the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt.