The annual festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ, which now falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox (Mar. 21). The word “Easter” is from Eµastre, Anglo-Saxon name for the goddess of spring during whose month (April) the old Teutonic spring festival was observed. With the coming of Christianity the name was transferred to the Christian Passover, which fell at the same season. The NT gives no clear evidence of a commemorative celebration of the Resurrection (in Acts 12:4 , KJV , “Easter” is a mistranslation for “Passover”). However, early Christians seem to have continued the observance of Passover ( Acts 20:6 ) and may have thought of it as a memorial of the Passion ( cf. 1 Cor. 5:7 , 8 ). The apostles John and Philip are rep...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.