Thursday, March 20, 2008

Why is Easter so Early?

I thought this was interesting:
Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20 this year).
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.

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's 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 ,( 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 ,and 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 will ever see it any earlier than this year!

For more information about how the date of Easter is calculated, check out this article: The Astronomy of Easter

2 comments:

Carla said...

Wow! Interesting trivia! Makes me feel special that we were a part of it this year, since it will never pass this early in our lifetimes ever again. Thanks so much for the sweet words about my bag. Why don't you get out that sewing machine, and start sewing straps together? I bet you'd quickly make a fun masterpiece. I seriously had no plans. I sewed straps together, and quilted any way I felt like it. It's fun and releases a lot of stress! Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Have a great week!

Carla said...

I meant scraps, not straps! LOL!