Friday, March 14, 2008

Why Is Easter So Early This Year?

Why is Easter so early this year? You may ask......

I would imagine that you have asked "Why is Easter so early this year?
Well the reason follows and it is interesting to learn why. Enjoy.

Easter this year is: Sunday March 23, 2008
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
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.
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 y ears old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will
ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the fact:

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!).
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


Lori said...

Thanks for the info~ very interesting! :)

OH MY #6 said...

That is so interesting. So I will make the best of this early Easter! I love the fact that it is early. It makes me think that spring is coming.

Have a good Kimberley.


~Amy~ said...

Wow...thats so wierd!

Have a great weekend Kim! :)

Marla said...

Very cool info, thanks for sharing that!

Happy weekend to you!

Truly Blessed said...

It is amazing how much Easter "moves around!"

So, Miss Fact Machine -- when's the latest Easter can be?

(I remember two Easters on April 16)...

Juliette said...

Thanks for the info, very interesting.
I don't like Easter so early, we still have so much snow this year we won't be able to see the kiddos hunting eggs in a nice green garden with blooming flowers.
Oh well, we'll still have a great time!
Have a great weekend dear RMJ.

Dolores and Shawn said...

Interesting...I'll let everyone know to really enjoy their Easter this year.

Dawn said...

We were just having this discussion on Easter the other night...and wanted to know "why" is moves around...thank you for answering for us...I can't wait to share with my hubby!!

kerri said...

Very interesting, thanks for sharing this info.
All I can say is the Easter bunny better like sno, LOL

Mob said...

That is really interesting. I was wondering why its so early!

Denise C said...

Hum.....very interesting!! Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed weekend!

Mr.Brian said...

Interesting facts.I had just heard some of that as well.
Hard to think it being Easter with snow on the ground yet.
Still posting from the Library as my computer is not yet fixed.Uggghhhh!!!!

Gail said...

Yes, I'm Irish BTW.

I remember an Easter that was April 18th one year. It's my Dad's bday, that's why I remember it. :)

Have a great weekend RMJ!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

You know what is funny.. is that one of my managers actually knew this ...
He told us in one of our meetings..
Have a Great Weekend..

Hopingforsix said...

Thanks for sharing this! Leave it to you to find this:)

Steffie B. said...

wow....aren't you just Miss Smarty pants! *wink*

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

Yes I'm Irish!!! :) Very, very interesting! Of all the years that Easter had to be early...the year I've got to get all of these dresses made for Easter! heehee

Patricia/NYC said...

Love info like this!!
I'm ready for Easter, but not liking that it's so early because it's hard to wear Spring clothes in March!! ;) (In the northeast, anyway!)