Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Early Easter

I love this kind of interesting stuff. This is from an email forward (although I did correct one figure that snopes.com said was wrong).

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 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's the facts:

1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2160. 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. 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!

9 Comments:

Blogger Jodie said...

That's pretty neat! Makes me feel kind of werid though. Reminds me of my own mortality. I'll never live to see another Easter this early again. Boo hoo. ;)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I think its so weird how early it is!

I had the weirdest dream about you guys last night. You came to visit and Tina was here and some other people too (think maybe an aunt of yours). I was a big grouch and people kept coming in my bathroom when I was in the shower! It was WEIRD! Then you guys were going to Disney World (not sure if we lived by there or what). Crazy hormones;)

1:17 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Wow, that's crazy interesting!! It blows my mind.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Wow! What cool information. I feel smarter now... :P

8:55 AM  
Blogger Blazen said...

wow I had no clue about the rarity of an early Easter.

this is Jessica btw

10:17 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

I was just thinking how early Easter is this year. It's ridiculous! We celebrate Passover as a family and this year, its no where near Easter.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

Hmmm, very interesting indeed.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Although the date of Easter was based on the lunar Jewish calendar, there is one important difference. The Jewish calendar is intercalated with the solar year, and the calculations to do so are a little different than the calculations the Catholic church made to set the date for Easter. Passover is alway on the first full moon following (not on) the vernal equinox. In order to make this happen, the lunar Jewish year gets a leap-month 9 times in 17 years. This year, 5768, has such a leap-month, Adar II, which starts next week on the new moon. Since the full moon of Adar II falls on the vernal equinox according to the Jewish definition of when a day begins, Passover comes a full moon later than Easter, at sunset on the 19th of April, which corresponds to the beginning of the day, Nisan 15 in Jewish time.
Although Easter rarely comes as early in the solar calendar as it does this year, the occurance of Easter and Passover celebrated one month apart is more common. The last time this happened was in 2005.

Happy Spring Holidays!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks so much for mentioning the dairy related to eczema thing. I'm so glad Morgan is getting back his soft baby skin. I missed it. :)...and he is more comfortable too. The dairy was also causing him to spit up loads, which I though was just a normal baby thing. But he is barely spitting up at all now. Yeah!!!

5:12 PM  

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