VERY OT - some trivia I collected about Easter 2008

by Jon Merrill (no login)


You may have noticed that stores had their jellybeans and chocolate bunnies out around Valentine's Day this year. This was because of the circumstances surrounding Easter this year with its extraordinarily early celebration. For a lifelong calendar nut like me, this is comparable to a sighting of Halley's Comet. Perhaps you may not be aware of just how remarkable a calendar event this promises to be, so here is the full story:

Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

Easter in 2008 will be on March 23. This is the only year in the 21st century that Easter will fall on that date. It will not occur on March 23 again until 2160.

There was only one year in the 20th century that this occurred, and that was in 1913.

St. Patrick's Day this year falls on Monday of Holy Week.

The last time Easter fell on a date earlier than March 23 was almost 200 years ago.

Enjoy it while you can. Once Easter 2008 is done, there is not one living human being on the planet today who will ever see Easter occur this early again in his or her lifetime.

The earliest possible date on which Easter may fall is March 22. This last occurred in 1818 and will not happen again until the year 2285.

Three years from now in 2011, Easter will be on April 24, the latest date since 1943 when it was on April 25, the latest date possible. The next April 25 Easter will be in 2038.

In the 500 years between 1800 and 2300, Ash Wednesday coincides with Leap Year Day only once, and that will be on February 29, 2096.

And so, many happy returns of the Easter and Passover season to all of you, as well as the very welcome start of Spring!

Jon Merrill

Posted on Mar 23, 2008, 8:57 AM
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