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Hulk
02-25-2008, 01:25 PM
Early Easter - March 23, 2008

Easter is early this year. Here is how the date is calculated: 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) than it is this year, but that is pretty rare.

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).

3)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!

subzali
02-25-2008, 01:35 PM
What about the latest it can be? :D

Crash
02-25-2008, 02:12 PM
So, this all means that Moab and its nearby areas will be safe from you-know-whats for most of April? RIGHT ON! The RTT will be seeing lots of use during that month. Can't wait. Thanks for the heads up Matt.

Romer
02-25-2008, 02:26 PM
I suppose that means Passover is earlier this year.

Shark Bait
02-25-2008, 04:26 PM
So, this all means that Moab and its nearby areas will be safe from you-know-whats for most of April? RIGHT ON!

Roving Easter Bunnies? :confused:

DaveInDenver
02-27-2008, 07:56 AM
How Easter is dated:
http://www.assa.org.au/edm.html

Catholic Easter Info:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05224d.htm

It's interesting (to a Catholic geek like me anyway) that the reason we have the Gregorian calendar is because of Easter. The Julian calendar has a lot of variability in it and so churches worldwide did not always celebrate Easter on the same day under it. So Pope Gregory XIII reworked the calendar in 1582 to make Easter fall in line with the recommendations of the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325, which assigned Easter to the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon (the first full moon after the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere). Before 325 Easter was tired directly to the Jewish Passover, which rankled the Christians to no end (for example, watch the The Last Temptation of Christ). His calendar can fix Easter to the moon and still account for the natural drift in the solar calendar by including leap years.

There is still controversy over dating of Easter, the Orthodox Christians in the east date it differently then us in the west (they still base the date on the Julian calendar). This year the Orthodox Easter is April 27, for example. The eastern and western Easter align once in a while. Next time is 2010, then 2011, 2014 and 2017. Then not again for a while after that. It is interesting to note that the Catholic Church has agreed that fixing Easter to April 9 would be acceptable, since many people believe Jesus was crucified on Friday April 7 in the year 30. This is not a new idea, Easter would have been fixed in the Roman calendar to March 27. But that is because their calendar assigned the celebration of the death of Christ to March 25.

Red_Chili
02-27-2008, 08:00 AM
And that is why the Popes get paid the big bux.

Oh, wait...

DaveInDenver
02-27-2008, 08:09 AM
And that is why the Popes get paid the big bux.

Oh, wait...
And the retirement benefits aren't too bad.