03/22/08 Weekend Grif.Net – Early Easter

03/22/08 Weekend Grif.Net – Early Easter

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 Jewish people used to identify
Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but
that is extremely 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. And none of us have ever, or will
ever, see it a day earlier!

Here are the facts:
1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228
(220 years from now).

2) 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).

3) 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.
Enjoy it, and remember the meaning of Easter has nothing to do with bunnies
or eggs.

Dr Bob Griffin,
“Jesus knows me, this I love”