When is Easter 2017, how long is the school break, what are the bank holiday dates and how is the date decided?
These are the dates you need to know and the reason why they change from year to year
THE dates for the Easter holidays change every year, so keeping track of when to book your time off for a sneaky getaway can prove a tricky task.
Christmas and Valentine’s Day are always fixed dates, but, depending on the year, Easter Sunday can fall any date between March 22 and April 25.
So, if you’re planning a jaunt abroad, or just can’t wait to get stuck into this year’s chocolate selection, here is all you need to know about when the holidays are coming in 2017.
When are the Easter holidays 2017?
This year Good Friday falls on April 14 and Easter Monday is on April 17 – while the school break is two weeks long.
The celebration for most adults will be a four-day weekend as Good Friday and Easter Monday are also bank holidays.
For those with kids, the school holidays this year are Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 17, although these may vary from school to school.
To be 100 per cent 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 if you’re going on holiday over Easter?
Families jetting off for Easter are being warned to turn up early for flights or risk being not allowed aboard because of overbooking.
Bumped passengers should be offered another flight or a refund – but this could still cut into your precious break.
EasyJet and Wizz Air are among those who are said to do this.
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?
Well, according to some savvy shoppers, Easter eggs are already on the supermarket shelves – for the most organised among you.
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.
How to make the most of Easter and get the most holiday?
Those wishing to make the most of Easter will be able to enjoy even more time off thanks to the way it falls in 2017.
Workers will be able to get a whopping 18 days off using just nine days holiday.
It means that over the Easter period if you finish work on Thursday, April 13 you can book up until Tuesday May 2 by taking just nine days off work.
As Good Friday falls on April 14, Easter Monday on April 17 and May Day on May 1 you have three bank holidays to play with.
The 18 days are made up of three bank holidays, three weekends and the nine during the working week.
Bank holidays in 2017
Monday January 2 – New Year’s Day substitute
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
December 25 (Monday) – Christmas Day
December 26 (Tuesday) – Boxing Day
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