Claim: Easter Sunday occurs unusually early and late in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2008]
Do you realize how early Easter is this year? As you may know, Easter is always the
Found out a couple of things you might be interested in! Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier
Here ‘s the interesting info. 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
1) The next time Easter will be this early
2) The next time it will be a day earlier,
Origins: How to determine the date of Easter, the annual Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection, is something of a mystery to the average person. Unlike most other significant dates on the western calendar, which fall either on fixed dates (e.g., Halloween is always
In the modern era, Easter Sunday generally falls on the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (i.e., the first full moon of Spring in the northern hemisphere, or the first full moon occurring after the date of the vernal equinox). However, since astronomical observations are variable (e.g., the date of the full moon can vary
depending upon the location of the observer), the date of Easter is typically calculated from tables. We’ll dispense with an explanation of how to perform these calculations (for the curious, such an explanation can be found here) in favor of addressing the main points of the example quoted above.
The earliest calendar date on which Easter can fall is
Seeing Easter fall on the earliest possible date,
The odds are considerably better for witnessing a late Easter. This year Easter falls on
Last updated: 22 April 2011