Sunday, March 23, 2008

Why Does Easter Come On Different Dates Each Year?

I always wonder "When is Easter this year?" Why does it move around from March to April? It's so early this year.

Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why Easter moves around on our calendar. Based on the above information, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here are some numbers:

The next time Easter will be this early will be the year 2228. The last time, it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

I took time out of my holiday to write this because we were all jabbering on about it!

Have a great Ostara Holiday! Or Ostern! Or Easter! Or .... you catch my drift!

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