Did you ever celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter within a week of each other? Unless you are over 100, you probably haven't. Even though I live in Florida everything seems to be occurring too early this year.
So I asked a local expert what's goin on. He agrees that Easter, March 23, is early this year. Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20 this year). 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, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will see it for the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!).
The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (I wasn't around for that!). The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). 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! Wow!
And another harbinger of spring has arrived. Our very own Margaret Blake flew into Florida yesterday. And her visits are never too early -- but just right.