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DwayneA
03-29-2010, 02:06 AM
Christmas is on the 25th of December, Valentine's Day is on the 14th of February, St. Patricks Day is on the 17th of March, and Halloween is always in October.

Yet Easter seems to be the only holiday that is celebrated in one of two months: March or April. One year it's in March, the next year it's in April.

Why is this? Why is Easter sometimes celebrated in March and sometimes in April?

mscelina
03-29-2010, 02:10 AM
In 1582 Gregory XIII (Pope of the Roman Catholic Church) completed a reconstruction of the Julian calendar and produced new Easter tables. One major difference between the Julian and Gregorian Calendar is the "leap year rule". See our FAQ on Calendars for a description of the difference. Universal adoption of this Gregorian calendar occurred slowly. By the 1700's, though, most of western Europe had adopted the Gregorian Calendar. The Eastern Christian churches still determine the Easter dates using the older Julian Calendar method.

The usual statement, that Easter Day is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs next after the vernal equinox, is not a precise statement of the actual ecclesiastical rules. The full moon involved is not the astronomical Full Moon but an ecclesiastical moon (determined from tables) that keeps, more or less, in step with the astronomical Moon.

The ecclesiastical rules are:

•Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox;
•this particular ecclesiastical full moon is the 14th day of a tabular lunation (new moon); and
•the vernal equinox is fixed as March 21.
resulting in that Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25. The Gregorian dates for the ecclesiastical full moon come from the Gregorian tables. Therefore, the civil date of Easter depends upon which tables - Gregorian or pre-Gregorian - are used. The western (Roman Catholic and Protestant) Christian churches use the Gregorian tables; many eastern (Orthodox) Christian churches use the older tables based on the Julian Calendar.


http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/easter.php

Cella
03-29-2010, 02:16 AM
I don't know, but my birthday is ALWAYS in November and it's really annoying! Just once I'd like a summer birthday...


*sigh*




:rolleyes:

backslashbaby
03-29-2010, 02:18 AM
The Eastern Orthodox church ensures that Easter always falls after Passover. I think the stories make better sense that way, so I always found that cool.

And I get two Easters that way :D

writerterri
03-29-2010, 02:18 AM
I'd like to hear that my birthday didn't fall between rent check and Christmas and we were going to Disneyland!

Just once.

aadams73
03-29-2010, 02:46 AM
The Easter Bunny's lousy at keeping track of dates. Someone get him an iPhone!

mscelina
03-29-2010, 02:52 AM
Now see here--

I insured that this would be the quickest and shortest thread in the OP's history...and here you guys go mucking it up. Dadburnit!

aadams73
03-29-2010, 02:59 AM
I don't know, but my birthday is ALWAYS in November and it's really annoying! Just once I'd like a summer birthday...



I'd like to hear that my birthday didn't fall between rent check and Christmas and we were going to Disneyland!


I'm just glad I'm still having birthdays; it's better than the alternative.

But that silly Jesus, you'd think he'd shift his birthday around to avoid surprises parties. Plus he could be all, "Oh, no, my birthday was in November," and make people feel bad they'd missed it.

Tepelus
03-29-2010, 03:15 AM
The Eastern Orthodox church ensures that Easter always falls after Passover. I think the stories make better sense that way, so I always found that cool.

And I get two Easters that way :D


Yup. My ex is Romanian (Orthodox) and we celebrated two Easters; but occasionally the two Easters will land on the same day.

Komnena
03-29-2010, 04:28 AM
As they do this year.

leahzero
03-29-2010, 05:20 AM
Now see here--

I insured that this would be the quickest and shortest thread in the OP's history...and here you guys go mucking it up. Dadburnit!

Quick, let's start a religious debate on what religion the Easter Bunny is.

aadams73
03-29-2010, 05:24 AM
Quick, let's start a religious debate on what religion the Easter Bunny is.

He's LOLcatian. I'm pretty sure I've seen him worshiping Ceiling Cat.

Behold, the LOLcat Bible (http://www.lolcatbible.com/index.php?title=Main_Page)

"Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem."

Yeshanu
03-29-2010, 09:46 AM
Christmas is on the 25th of December,

This statement isn't precisely true, either, as Christmas is also celebrated on two different days--the Orthodox Christians celebrate it on January 7th. We've considered doing our gift opening then, as well, because then we can shop at the boxing day sales and still give the gifts on time... :D