If you are a lawyer, there are probably a couple of (legal) questions which are troubling you at the moment:

1. When exactly is Easter?

You’ll have to refer to your church calendar to answer this query. English law tried to take control of this issue but was never quite successful. The Easter Act 1928 (c. 35), an Act of the UK Parliament first passed in 1928, was never implemented. The statute sought  to provide a fixed date for Easter rather than the current moveable feast. The statute set down that Easter Sunday would always be the Sunday following the second Saturday in April, resulting in Easter Sunday being between 9 April and 15 April.

The statute is still in force under English law today. However, it requires the agreement of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before the Government may issue a Commencement Order. It also requires the opinion of all relevant churches be taken into account although it does not require their consent. Although the subject is raised occasionally in Parliament, this agreement has never been achieved.

 2. How do I boil (and colour) my eggs?

Here, the legal answer is (in part) easy. Lawyers should concentrate their research on a more-recent Commission requirement for the integration of coloured Easter eggs into Europe. Namely, COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 675/2012 of 23 July 2012 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of Talc (E 553b) and Carnauba wax (E 903) on unpeeled coloured boiled eggs and the use of Shellac (E 904) on unpeeled boiled eggs.

Should the above leave you all a bit dazed and glazed, then you now require some para-legal or quasi-judicial authorities for egg-boiling. Here, I would cite the very source of all the obiter dicta you will ever need to find out the true meaning of modern life, i.e. YouTube:


I wish you all a very legal, happy and peaceful Easter with your eggs!

Easter Bunny