Easter 2008 – Facts or Fiction About Dates!

While most of my blog postings are related to choices and consequences – there are times when it’s fun to try something a bit different. So for those who just have to have a fix of trivia – try this on for size.

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Easter is early this year. 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.

Based on the above information, Easter can actually be one day earlier March 22) that is rare.

Here’s the interesting information. 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!

Any other tid bits that would be of interest to the readers…just make a comment which is welcome!

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2 Responses to Easter 2008 – Facts or Fiction About Dates!

  1. Theadora Johnson says:

    This is very interesting!

    Many thanks for looking into this. My birthday — March 16 — falls on Palm Sunday this year, which amazes me. In all my life — I was born in 1955 — I could not recall a year when my birthday fell on Palm Sunday. I was convinced that something unusual had happened, so I googled “Easter dates last 100 years” and found your blog.

    I am delighted to have a Palm Sunday birthday, even though I actually will be celebrating the Greek Easter.

    Happy Easter to you!

  2. VLS says:

    According to http://www.snopes.com/holidays/easter/earlyeaster.asp
    there is one error in this “The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2160 not 2228 (still out of our lifetime)

    They pointed to this site to determine how to calculate the Easter dates
    http://www.assa.org.au/edm.html#Method

    Fun trivia though

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