Why Easter is early this year?

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Why Easter is early this year?

Post  thirsty on Sat 22 Mar 2008, 3:42 pm

It's true, it is an early Easter, the earliest most of us will ever see. The last time Easter came this early was 1913. Easter won't be on March 23 again until 2228.

Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (which is March 20). The dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, that is why it moves around on the Roman calendar. Therefore, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) than it will be this year, but that is rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will see for the rest of our lives. And only the most elderly (95 years and above) have ever seen it this early. 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.

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.
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