Easter follows the moon

Our calendars indicate that Easter Sunday will be very late this year, the second latest date on which this special day can occur.

Our calendars indicate that Easter Sunday will be very late this year, the second latest date on which this special day can occur.

Why so late?  Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first spring of the full moon.  The vernal equinox will come on March 20 this year; full moon will be on the 19th of this month that date is still in winter. The next full moon will be in spring, 29.5 days later, namely, on April 17.  That is on a Sunday, hence Easter Sunday will then come on the following Sunday, April 24.

In a world of hatred and bloodshed, destruction and cataclysms, sorrow and loneliness the immortal message of Easter, “He is not here: for He is risen,…” brings freshness, hope and joy to helpless mortals.

In the year 2012 Easter Day will be on April 8, in 2013 on March 31.

Leander Arndt

Penticton