SPRING is just around the corner which means it is almost time for chocolate lovers' favourite festival.

Easter this year takes place from Good Friday on March 30 until Easter Monday on April 2 - making Easter Sunday on April 1, which is also April Fool's day.

Why do we celebrate Easter on a Sunday?

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.

Why does the date change every year?

Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Spring Equinox.

Christians Jesus died around the Jewish Passover, which is traditionally held on first full moon following the vernal equinox.

However, as the date of full moons varies depending on time zone, the Church said it would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead and host Easter Day the following Sunday.

When are the school holidays?

Most schools will have their Easter break between March 30 and April 13, although some may have a longer break depending on whether they have inset or teacher training days.

Where did the tradition of giving Easter eggs come from?

Eggs at Easter comes from a pagan tradition, as they symbolise new life at the start of Spring.

With the rise of Christianity, the church adapted many pagan customs and the egg, as a symbol of new life, came to represent the Resurrection of Jesus. Some Christians also regarded the egg as a symbol for the stone being rolled from the sepulchre behind which Jesus was laid to rest.

Eating eggs on the week before Christmas was banned by the church, so instead they were saved and decorated before being given to children as gifts.

This tradition was then adapted by the Victorians, who gave satin-covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts.