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Easter, chief festival of the Christian church year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, associated with spring and subsuming the Jewish Passover. Easter has been observed by the Western Church since the Council of Nicaea (325), on the Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. Easter is celebrated at a later date by the Eastern churches.

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