Valentine’s Day vs. Easter
February 4, 2008
Someone in the calendar scheduling industry has made a mistake. If you notice, Easter Sunday is March 23 this year, Ash Wednesay should be Feb. 13, not Feb. 6 (Leap year has nothing to do with a seven-day error.)For your information, Easter Sunday has about a five-week floating period. This year is a perfect example of the earliest it could be on a calendar. Easter is recognized by the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This year, the Vernal Equinox (Spring Begins) is Thursday, March 20. The next day is a full moon, which makes the following Sunday “Easter Sunday” (March 23). If the full moon had been the day before the vernal equinox (simply understood as the day the sun passes over the equator on its return north) then we would be waiting on the next full moon (28 days); if that was on a Monday, we would be waiting for the following Sunday (another six days) to recognize Easter. That is why Easter has a five-week float period.Now on to the important issue: hy are we recognizing Ash Wednesday on Feb. 6 when it is truly Feb. 14? Perhaps those who live to party don’t want too much activity in one week. If the calendar people were true to the day, we would have Fat Tuesday on Feb. 12, Ash Wednesday Feb. 13 and Valentine’s Day the following Thursday. I know that it would be a big week of events, but why not recognize truth as it is? If anyone reading this has a better understanding of why Ash Wednesday is 47 days before Easter Sunday this year, please share. I’m just curious.