Easter and March 23

The following information has absolutely no value whatsoever… except that I found it to be interesting. I have no clue who compiled it, so I’ll have to give credit to my dad, who sent it to me.

Easter this year is on Sunday, March 23, 2008. A rather rare oddity

  • 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 the Hebrews used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. 
  • Based on this, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22), but that is pretty rare.
  • 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 before (95 years old or older).
  • And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!
  • 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 who were around for that!).
  • 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!

5 responses to “Easter and March 23

  1. Very cool! I love tidbits of information like that!

  2. Mr. Joe, you are just full of it! Information that is! I love cool trivia like this that is actually anything but trivial. Thank you sir!

  3. how do you know i wont be alive in 2228?

  4. according to wiki.answers.com there is another date you missed.
    easter should occur on march 23, 2160.
    don’t know if it is correct or not.

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