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Direct evidence for a more fully formed Christian festival of Pascha (Easter) begins to appear in the mid-2nd century.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar.

In most European languages the feast called Easter in English is termed by the words for passover in those languages and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate passover.

Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars (both of which follow the cycle of the sun and the seasons).

Instead, the date for Easter is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar.

Josephus, Jewish War 6.10.1/423 ("They sacrifice from the ninth to the eleventh hour").

Philo, Special Laws 2.27/145 ("Many myriads of victims from noon till eventide are offered by the whole people").

The modern English term Easter, cognate with modern Dutch ooster and German Ostern, developed from an Old English word that usually appears in the form Ēastrun, -on, or -an; but also as Ēastru, -o; and Ēastre or Ēostre.