April 23rd, 2011

breaking bad

Easter time

In 2008 Easter was on the 23rd March - just about the earliest it can be - and this year it is on the 24th April - just about the latest it can be*. What make this particularly memorable to me is that 23rd March is my daughter's birthday and 24th April is H's birthday. Don't know why I post this, but it just is such a striking oddity.

Snopes discussion of these dates.

* Easter falls on (more or less) the Sunday following the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox (21st March). And this timing in turn is derived from the timing of Passover. However, in practice Christians use calculated 'golden number' tables, not natural observation, to time Easter. I think this shows a big difference between modern and ancient religion.