21 March 2008

It Might As Well Be Spring

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 Hebrew people used to identify passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. Based on the above information, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) and that is 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 (95 years old or above).

None of us alive today 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).

4) 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!


I've been fortunate enough to watch her when she was still in college and performing at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater in Fresno, CA. Of course that was several Tony's ago. Here she is with "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "It's Lovely Up Here".


Linda said...

Someone had mentioned at work the other day that it would be a very long time again before Easter was early but she didn't say it was going to be that long! Wow!

Glad to see you're feeling a bit better, or at least well enough to write a lovely post. When you're feeling even better, I have tagged you with a meme over on my blog (yeah, I know - never a moment of peace for the ill!).

Anonymous said...

Ms. McDonald has a very beautiful voice. Very well suited for "standards" and show tunes...

Mo said...

wow - you always have the best info here - I had no idea that it truly was THAT freakishly early!

Travis said...

You know what else came early? The dang daylight savings time.

We'll have it for nearly 8 months! That's just crazy!