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Almost everywhere other than England, the name for Easter is a derivative of or variation on Pascha or Pesach (Greek and Hebrew) but the word Easter appears to derive from Eostre, the Anglo Saxon Goddess of Dawn although the exact etymology is still argued over.

It is a Christian Festival and moveable feast commemorating the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday after the betrayal at the Last Supper. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the 14th day of the lunar month that falls on or after 21 March (the Vernal Equinoxe).

Traditions associated with Easter include Eggs and Simnel Cake.