When is Easter 2017, what’s the weather forecast and what are the bank holiday and school term dates?
THE dates for the Easter holidays change every year, so keeping track of the holiday can prove tricky.
When is Easter 2017?
This year Good Friday falls on April 14 and Easter Monday is on April 17. The celebration for most adults will be a four-day weekend as Good Friday and Easter Monday are also bank holidays.
When are the school term dates for Easter?
The school break is two weeks long and this year kids will be most likely be off from Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 17, although these may vary from school to school.
To be 100 percent sure of your child’s school term times use the Government’s postcode checker. Normally, the county council sets the holiday dates – although schools sometimes change the weeks.
Academies and private schools are given more autonomy, and often have different holiday dates and length to state comprehensives.
What’s the weather forecast for Easter?
Weather predictions show that it could be a disappointing holiday for some. Temperatures in some parts of the UK are expected to drop by as much as 10C on Monday as the weather returns to normal for this time of year.
Eleanor Bell said: “At the moment there is an indication the holiday weekend will be influenced by a slack area of low pressure with cloud and showers and temperatures around normal for the time of year in a north-westerly air flow.
“It will be drier to the south under higher pressure there.”
When are the Easter bank holidays?
The next bank holiday you can look forward to is Friday April 14, marking Good Friday and the start of the Easter long weekend.
The rest of 2017’s bank holidays are:
- Friday April 14 – Good Friday
- Monday April 17 – Easter Monday
- Monday May 1 – Early May bank holiday
- Monday May 29 – Spring bank holiday
- Monday August 28 – Summer bank holiday
- Monday December 25 – Christmas Day
- Tuesday December 26 – Boxing Day
Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory leave.
When is Easter Sunday?
This year Easter Sunday (also known as Easter Day) is on April 16.
Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday as it was the day Jesus rose from the dead, following being crucified on a Friday two days before.
Centuries ago in 325, it was determined by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to commemorate the happy occasion.
How are the dates of Easter determined?
The death of Jesus occurred around the Jewish Passover, which is traditionally held on first full moon following the vernal equinox.
As the full moon can vary in each time zone, the Church said that they would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead – the Paschal Full Moon – and host Easter Day on the following Sunday.
Once the date of that moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holidays can be determined.
When’s the best time to buy Easter eggs?
If you are looking to snap up some bargains, we revealed the best Easter egg deals of 2017, from Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s to Thorntons, Hotel Chocolat and Lindt.
But it’s bad news for parents with lots of kids – the cost of Easter eggs has soared this year, with a reported price hike of 18.1 per cent per kg.
If you are looking for something a bit special this year, we revealed the most luxurious Easter eggs you can buy, from £3.50 to £1,000.