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No joke: Easter falls on April 1 for the first time since 1956

For the first time since 1956, Easter Sunday falls on April 1. Will pranksters show some religious restraint because it’s also April Fools’ Day?

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That’s open to debate, but that’s because Easter and April Fools’ Day rarely coincide. During the 20th century, Easter Sunday fell on April 1 in 1923, 1934, 1945 and 1956.

Religious officials pick the date of Easter based upon astronomical events. The holiday occurs on the Sunday following the first full moon of spring, Newsweek reported.

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This year, the vernal equinox fell on March 20 and the next full moon was projected for Saturday, the magazine reported.

There will not be a 62-year-gap for the next time Easter Sunday falls on April 1. The next two occurrences will be in 2029 and 2040, Newsweek reported.

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