The Seasonal Almanac: The Date of Easter

The Seasonal Almanac covers astronomical events and nature, including information on calculating the date of Easter and the estimated date of the first Easter.

Easter lily

Bearing these rules in mind, we find that Easter can happen as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

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The Seasonal Almanac shares astronomical and nature events, this issue includes information on calculating the date of Easter and about the first Easter observed. 

When was the last time that a full moon occurred on Easter?
Answer: Never.
 

Bearing these rules in mind, we find that Easter can happen as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

In 2000, the date of Easter falls on April 23. The last time Easter came this late, or later, was in 1943, when it was celebrated on April 25. In 2011, Easter will occur on April 24, and the next time it will happen on the latest date possible (April 25) is in 2038. The last time that Easter was observed on its earliest date, March 22, was way back in 1818, and this will not happen again until 2285! In 2008, however, Easter will fall on March 23, the earliest it has been since 1913.

An entirely different question is the date of the first Easter. Scholars have narrowed down the possible dates of the Crucifixion: Most are convinced Jesus was killed on either Friday, April 7, in A.D. 30 or Friday, April 3, in A.D. 33. My own studies incline me to believe in the latter date. If that is correct, then the first Easter — what some Christians now call "Resurrection Sunday" — occurred on Sunday, April 5, in A.D. 33.

joyce brazee
3/14/2012 7:17:22 PM

wasn't Jesus crucified by Jews and that is why you don't recognize Christian holidays? I heard on Passover that the first object to walk through the door after a glass of wine was spilled is the Savior. My former bosses dog walked through that door one year and has since passed away. Foolishness. Be a good person; do right; love life; be wholesome and we ALL are God's children. Peace.


marie devine_2
1/17/2010 9:18:28 AM

Jesus was crucified on Passover, 3 days and three nights before resurrection according to scripture and reference to the prophet Jonah. He could not have been crucified on Friday and rise Sunday morning and fulfill scripture. Easter is not God's commanded celebration; Passover is and no holy days were to be added beyond what God commanded. (Leviticus 23, Deuteronomy 4:2) All blessings and curses are tied to obeying God's word as written. Leviticus 26 The Ten Commandments of Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 command the 7th day to be a day of no work for anyone even animals, in sowing time and harvest. It is a witness of the 7 days of creation and none other Sabbath can show that. It is the only weekly Sabbath given by God around the world. We have had our time of falling away, now it is time to restore truth. http://www.divine-way.com God has solutions to world problems we created by ignoring His wisdom.