Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sooner or later?

I was recently wondering why Easter is on a different date each year. Of course, it's always on a Sunday, but I still couldn't figure out why the date could fluctuate over the span of a month.

I learned the reasons yesterday while reading my MOPS newsletter!
  • Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox (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 calendar
  • This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see for the rest of our lives. The next time Easter will be on this date is 2228!
  • There are 35 possible dates for Easter, ranging from March 22 to April 25

Well, I learn something new every day!


Kimmers said...

This is really interesting. I did not know any of this. We are going to my in laws for Easter in Texas and when my husband told me the dates I was shocked it was so early.
Thanks for the info.

Ewokgirl said...

Funny you should post that because I was just wondering this very thing the other day!

Jamie said...

That's so funny! I just learned about how it depends on the moon the other day. :-) Maybe I knew that when I was a kid but if so I'd forgotten it!

Steve & Molly said...

Now, that's really interesting! I have wondered about it before but never checked it out...thanks for sharing!

Carrie said...

AH! Thanks! I had the same question. Now I know. ;)