Thursday, March 6, 2008

Why is Easter Early?

I haven't checked the accuracy of this forward I received via email but it sounded pretty intriguing. If anyone knows the origin of this, let me know and I'll give accurate footnotes. This is what is says:
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I thought you might be interested in this trivia. The date of this coming Easter is quite early this year, but I didn't recognize the details shown below. 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.

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 (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). 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!

1 comment:

Kristy said...

Interresting! We had company over Sunday and were talking about this yesr being so early! Wish I'd have read this prior!
Where do you come up with all these topics? GREAT JOB!!!
Love you, PREGO!!!