Composed of a few potential holidays, Easter tends to prompt some questions each year: When is it? Do I get the Friday or the Monday off? And what do Jesus and bunnies have to do with each other? So in order, in 2014, Easter Sunday is on April 20, most offices close for Good Friday (which will be April 18, 2014), and as far as that last one goes, well, it's a little more complicated.

Easter is the holiday commemorating Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, making it the most important holiday in the Christian calendar. Churches see more congregants in their pews on Easter Sunday than at any other service of the year. According to Christian beliefs, because of Jesus' sacrifice and taking on of the burden of sins, all Christians can go to heaven.

Easter's date changes each year, based on a calendar put in place by Pope Gregory XIII (pope from 1572 to 1585) and calculated using a complicated system that includes a variety of ecclesiastical rules and calendar, notes the Guardian. One hard and fast rule remains that it can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25.

From a non-religious perspective, however, it's easy to see why many think Easter consists only of pastel colours and candy-coated eggs. Much as Christmas has been usurped by Santa Claus, stores have taken on the Easter Bunny as their mascot of the season. But does he have anything to do with Easter itself?

As it turns out, there is a tangential link to bunnies with Easter, but it doesn't have much to do with Christianity. Easter's proximity to the start of spring means that traditions from other religions have long been associated with the time period. According to Discovery, the goddess of spring and fertility, Eostra, is symbolized by a rabbit, and when people worshipped different gods and goddesses, those celebrations often included honouring the dawning of the new season.

With Easter coming at the end of April this year, we can only hope that means spring blooms and sunshine will help to usher it in.

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  • In this picture made available Monday April 1, 2013, a couple stands in front of the traditional Easter bonfire, while fireworks explode behind them in Arnsberg, Germany, Sunday March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa,Julian Stratenschulte)

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    Young Slovak men dressed in traditional costumes pour a bucket with cold water over a woman as part of Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, 145 km north of Bratislava on April 1, 2013. Slovakia's men traditionally splash women with water and hit them with a willow to evoke youth, strength and beauty for the upcoming spring season. AFP PHOTO / SAMUEL KUBANI (Photo credit should read SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Young Slovak men dressed in traditional costumes pour a bucket with cold water over a woman as part of Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, 145 km north of Bratislava on April 1, 2013. Slovakia's men traditionally splash women with water and hit them with a willow to evoke youth, strength and beauty for the upcoming spring season. AFP PHOTO / SAMUEL KUBANI (Photo credit should read SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A crowd watch the Easter Bonnett judging at the Easter Fashion Promenade on the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J., on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • People wear fake rabbit ears at the Easter Fashion Promenade on the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J., on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Davey Mitchell, of New York, left, poses for photographs on New York's Fifth Avenue as he takes part in the Easter Parade Sunday March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

  • Dressed for the occasion, Brooke Biethan, of New York, right, poses for photographs as she and her brother Jay Biethan, of Boston, Mass, left, take part in the Easter Parade on New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

  • Dressed for the occasion, Carmen Garcia, of New York, foreground, poses for photographs on New York's Fifth Avenue as she takes part in the Easter Parade, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

  • ALTERNATE CROP -- Pope Francis holds a San Lorenzo's jersey, the Buenos Aires soccer team, handed to him by a faithful at the end of the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday peace plea, saying conflicts have lasted too long in Syria, and between Israelis and Palestinians. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Eighteen-month-old Ariana Simmons, of New York, center, poses for photographs on New York's Fifth Avenue as she takes part in the Easter Parade Sunday March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

  • Wearing Easter gardens on their heads, the Woram sisters, from Toms River, N.J., pose for photographs on New York's Fifth Avenue as they take part in the Easter Parade, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

  • Spencer Slate

    In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Spencer Slate, costumed as a scuba diving Easter bunny, hides eggs amid eel grass Sunday, March 31, 2013, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. About 80 adults and children participated in an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt, seeking real hard-boiled eggs painted with non-toxic food coloring to avoid adverse effects on the marine ecosystem. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)

  • Spencer Slate, Quinn Vanischak

    In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Spencer Slate, right, costumed as a scuba diving Easter bunny, hands a hard-boiled egg to Quinn Vanischak Sunday, March 31, 2013, during an Underwater Easter Egg hunt in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. About 80 adults and children participated, seeking real hard-boiled eggs painted with non-toxic food coloring to avoid adverse effects on the marine ecosystem. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)

  • Charlie Randall

    Alpenglow, the first rays of direct sunlight, colors Tuckerman Ravine as Charlie Randall of Merrimac, Mass., reaches his backcountry skiing destination, Easter Sunday morning, March 31, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hamsphire. Skiing Tuckerman Ravine is an annual right of spring for skiers willing to hike about three miles from Pinkham Notch. Many skiers go an additional mile to the summit before making their run. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama with their daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, center-right, leave St. John's Episcopal Church after Easter services, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk from the White House with their daughters Sasha Obama, second from left, and Malia Obama, right, on their way through Lafayette Park to St. John's Episcopal Church for Easter services, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Rev. Luis Leon

    President Barack Obama exits St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Luis Leon after he and the first family attended Easter services, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk from the White House with their daughters Sasha Obama, second from left, and Malia Obama, right, on their way through Lafayette Park to St. John's Episcopal Church for Easter services, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • A giant 5-meter tall figure representing Judas burns in the atrium of the Santa Rosa Xochiac church, in Mexico City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Burning of Judas is an Easter ritual in many communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is hung on Good Friday, then burned on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • A giant 5-meter tall figure representing Judas burns in the atrium of the Santa Rosa Xochiac church, in Mexico City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Burning of Judas is an Easter ritual in many communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is hung on Good Friday, then burned on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • A giant 5-meter tall figure representing Judas burns in the atrium of the Santa Rosa Xochiac church, in Mexico City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Burning of Judas is an Easter ritual in many communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is hung on Good Friday, then burned on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • Strollers walk past daffodil flowers at the Botanical Garden during the Easter weekend, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)

  • Easter service at St George's Chapel

    (Left - right) Princess Eugenie, the Earl of Wessex, an unidentified man, the Duke of York and Princess Beatrice arrive for the Easter Day service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

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    Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local children as she leaves the Easter Day service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

  • Easter service at St George's Chapel

    Queen Elizabeth smiles as she leaves the Easter Day service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

  • Easter service at St George's Chapel

    Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from local children as she leaves the Easter Day service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

  • Easter service at Canterbury Cathedral

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, greets members of the congregation following the Easter Day service at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent.

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    The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, delivers his sermon during the Easter Day service at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 31, 2013. See PA story RELIGION Welby. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

  • Indian Christians pray beside the graves of their dear ones early morning as they observe Easter in Purulia, about 350 kilometers (219 miles) west of Kolkata, India, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

  • Devotees wait outside of the Cathedral during the Easter Sunday ceremony ''Descent of the Angel'', during Holy Week in the small town of Tudela, northern Spain, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • Easter service at St George's Chapel

    Princess Eugenie arriving at the Easter service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

  • Easter service at St George's Chapel

    Princess Beatrice arriving at the Easter service at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

  • People walk along the boardwalk early Easter morning, Sunday, March 31, 2013, as they arrive for a sunrise service inside the Music Pier building in Ocean City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Catholic priest Emad Yalda, center, addresses Christians during Easter mass at Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/ Nabil al-Jurani)

  • In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers.Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter's Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

  • A woman offers prayers at a church on Easter Sunday, the most holy day of the Christian calendar, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, March, 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

  • Pakistani Christian girls, display their hands decorated with Bangles and painted with Henna paste as they celebrate Easter holiday following a mass at in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pakistan's Christians, are celebrating Easter along with other Christian nations. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Celia de La Vega

    Celia de La Vega, 7, secured by a harness, is transported in the air, above the crowd and a religious figure of the Virgin Mary, during the Easter Sunday ceremony ''Descent of the Angel'', during Holy Week in the small town of Tudela, northern Spain, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • Pope Francis kisses a baby after celebrating his first Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers. Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter's Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Francis holds a baby after celebrating his first Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers. Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter's Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Iraqi Christians pray during Easter mass at Mar Youssif Chaldean Church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Chaldean Church is an Eastern Rite church affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

  • Iraqi Christians pray during Easter mass at Mar Youssif Chaldean Church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Chaldean Church is an Eastern Rite church affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

  • Iraqi Christians pray during Easter mass at Mar Youssif Chaldean Church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Chaldean Church is an Eastern Rite church affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

  • A Pakistani Christian child sleeps on her father's lap while he and others pray during an Easter Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pakistan's Christians, are celebrating Easter Sunday along with many other Christians around he world. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Worshippers offer prayers to celebrate Easter and for former president Nelson Mandela, Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Johannesburg. Mandela remains in a hospital while he receives treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says there are no updates on 94-year-old Mandela since an official statement Saturday on his condition. That statement reported the anti-apartheid leader was breathing without difficulty after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • Worshippers offer prayers to celebrate Easter and for former president Nelson Mandela, Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Johannesburg. Mandela remains in a hospital while he receives treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says there are no updates on 94-year-old Mandela since an official statement Saturday on his condition. That statement reported the anti-apartheid leader was breathing without difficulty after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • Worshippers offer prayers to celebrate Easter and for former president Nelson Mandela, Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Johannesburg. Mandela remains in a hospital while he receives treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says there are no updates on 94-year-old Mandela since an official statement Saturday on his condition. That statement reported the anti-apartheid leader was breathing without difficulty after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • Men of the Sorbian community ride on decorated horses during the traditional Easter procession in Ralbitz, 70km (45miles) east of Dresden, Germany, Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Sorbian men wearing black coats and top hats, sing holy songs on horseback and preach the message of Jesus' resurrection. The Sorbs are a Slavic, Catholic minority group in eastern Germany. (AP Photo/dpa,Matthias Hiekel)

  • Men of the Sorbian community ride on decorated horses during the traditional Easter procession in Ralbitz, 70km (45miles) east of Dresden, Germany, Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Sorbian men wearing black coats and top hats, sing holy songs on horseback and preach the message of Jesus' resurrection. The Sorbs are a Slavic, Catholic minority in eastern Germany. (AP Photo/dpa,Matthias Hiekel)

  • Iraqi Christians light candles before Easter mass at Virgin Mary Chaldean Church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Chaldean Church is an Eastern Rite church affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

  • A worshipper reaches to touch a crucifix during Easter mass at Virgin Mary Chaldean Church in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 31, 2013. The Chaldean Church is an Eastern Rite church affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)