Why is Easter in March This Year?
Easter Sunday will fall on March 27th this year. Seems a little early, right. Not really. Here is a quick breakdown on why Easter Sunday dates vary year to year.
Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox on the Gregorian Calendar
Vernal Equinox: (washingtonpost.com)
At 6:45 p.m. EDT on March 20, the sun appears directly overhead at Earth's equator, marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the spring equinox has the unusual distinction of coinciding with both a supermoon and a total solar eclipse.
What is the Gregorian Calendar: (wikipedia.org)
The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is internationally the most widely used civil calendar. It is named for Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582.
Easter falls on March 27th this year. Next year Easter will fall on April 16th. Looking ahead a few years, Easter will fall on these dates:
- 2018 - April 1st
- 2019 - April 21st
- 2020 - April 12th
- 2021 - April 4th
The last time Easter was in March was March 31st, 2013. The next time we'll celebrate Easter in the 3rd month of the year....March 31st 2024.