Wednesday, February 20, 2008

So That Explains It

I've been wondering how Easter could possibly be SO early this year. Technically, it's in Spring, but it's really "Still Winter" (as in-- Four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Road Construction). I mean, we hardly got past Christmas, and it's already Lent. It makes me think, "Oh! It's almost Easter! That means Spring!" But now. Still Winter.

So here are the interesting facts about why this occurs (well, not the looong winter thing... the early Easter thing).

Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st 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 it moves around on our Roman calendar. Found out a couple of things you might be interested in! Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

Here's the interesting info. 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 the facts:

1) the next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). 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!

2) 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!

1 comment:

  1. Tell you what, I'll try to live for 277 so that when we meet up in heaven I can gloat that *I* saw it earlier then the 23. Nah nah nah nah :P