Easter Sunday (3-25-08)

I was in the yard Easter Sunday, looking for Easter Eggs and all at once it started snowing.
For a few minutes it was nearly a white-out.
It didn’t last long but we managed to have periods of flurries pretty-much all day Sunday.
While it was snowing I started to think that Easter Sunday sure came early this year.
So I did a little research (that means I spent 5 minutes at Wikipedia).
Until now I had no idea how they set the date for Easter.  Perhaps the Pope set the date, or the US Congress, or Henry Kissinger.
Wrong Wrong Wrong
Easter Sunday was/is based on the Jewish Passover, and it officially happens “the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox” (the vernal equinox is the first day of spring).
Whew… Who thought that up?
In any event, Easter Sunday can NEVER happen earlier than March 22nd, nor later than April 25th.
This year Easter was on March 23rd, which is about as early as it can get.
The last time Easter occurred on March 23rd was 95 years ago in 1913.  The next time Easter happens on March 23rd will be in 2160, or 152 years from now.
Just in case you have a need to know when Easter Sunday will happen, and don’t have a lunar calendar, here are the dates for Easter Sunday for the next few years:

2009   April 12th
2010   April 4th
2011   April 24th
2012   April 8th
2013   March 31st
2014   April 20th
2015   April 5th
2016   March 27th
2017   April 16th
2018   April 1st

That means that in 2018 Easter Sunday will be on April’s Fools Day.
Imagine the possibilities.
If you get the warm-fuzzies because Easter was so early THIS year, imagine how they felt in 1918 when Easter was on March 22nd (the absolute earliest Easter can possibly occur).  The next time Easter will be on March 22nd will be in 2285, 277 years from now.
I don’t think it’s that unusual for us to have snow flurries on Easter Sunday…. It is Indiana, you know, but celebrating Easter in March is a rarity.  Of course Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is probably working on legislation to put Indiana on Easter Savings Time, so that when it’s March in Indiana it’s April in Ohio.  Or maybe he will sell the name, “Easter Sunday” to an investor in the Federated States of Micronesia, who will rename it “Federates States of Micronesian Easter”.
But… That’s another blog for another day.

2 thoughts on “Easter Sunday (3-25-08)”

  1. hahah- I think you have a good take on Easter- and I totally had my money on Kissinger…I guess I lost that one. The good news: I can mark off my calendar for the next 10 years- score! Thanks Jim!

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