Monday, March 10, 2008

A very early Easter

Received via email:

Do you realize how early Easter is this year?

As you may know, 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 the Hebrews used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on the Roman calendar.

This year is the earliest that any of us will ever see Easter for the rest of our lives. And only the most elderly (95 years old or above) of our population have ever seen it this early.

Additionally:

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.

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The year 1818 was the last time it was on March 22.

Therefore, no one currently alive has seen or will ever see it any earlier than this year.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Father,
    According to this site:
    http://www.assa.org.au/edm.html#Index

    Easter will next occur on March 23 in 2160, not 2228.

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