Early Easter

Clockeaster

Changing the clocks this Saturday… seems early doesn’t it?  I just want anything that has to do with spring to hurry up!

Easter is early this year too.  In fact, after a little research, I discovered this Easter, on the 23rd, will be the earliest Easter for most people living on the planet today.

In
fact, it’s the earliest date for any year between 1875 and
2124 (matched only by Easter in 1913 – 95 years ago!).  Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25, according to
lunar calculations here, but some dates are more frequently used than others.

For
example, between 1875 and 2124, Easter never occurs on March 22 or
April 25 – the earliest and latest dates possible. It occurred only once
on Mar. 24 (1940) making it the rarest Easter date of them all in
that span. Easter falls on Mar. 23 only twice (in 1913
and 2008) and just twice on April 24 (in 2011 and 2095), making this year’s Easter date one of the rarest.

USELESS FACT ALERT:The most common
dates for Easter between 1875 and 2124… April 10 and
April 17 – with 11 Easters each on those dates.

So who sets the date for Easter?

The
short answer is that Easter falls on the first Sunday
after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox (say that five times fast! 🙂 This year, the
Equinox occurs on March 20, the moon is full on the 21st, and so Easter
lands on the 23rd.

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