Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fun Facts

Did you know:


Easter 2008 falls on March 23rd and you must be 95 years or older to have ever seen Easter on the 23rd of March before.

The last time Easter fell on March 23rd was 1913

The next time Easter will fall on March 23rd will be in 2228.

The earliest date possible for Easter is March 22nd.

The next date Easter will fall on the 22nd will be 2285.

No one alive today has ever, or ever will celebrate Easter earlier than March 23. The last time Easter fell on March 22 was in 1818, and the next time will be in 2285.

The word Easter comes from the Pagan word Eostre.
Easter always falls on the first Sunday following the full moon either on or after the Spring Equinox (March 20 or 21). If the full moon falls on a Sunday then Easter is the next Sunday

An Anglo-Saxon legend tells how the Saxon Goddess Eostre found a wounded bird and transformed it into a hare, so that it could survive the winter. The hare found that it could lay eggs, so it decorated these each spring and left them as an offereing to the Goddess.
To the Pagans the egg's oval shape represents the enternal cycle of the seasons. In their traditon the egg's yolk symbolies the sun-god, and the egg white and pale shell represents the maiden goddess; their sacred marriage is said to have occured at the spring equinox.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Andrea said...

I got this in an email just the other day. I thought it was so interesting.

March 6, 2008 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Fascinating facts - thanks for sharing.

March 7, 2008 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Blogger is making me very angry this evening. It has already disappeared two comments, one here and one on another blog. So, I try again:

This is extremely interesting. One of your labels was "just for fun" and this certainly was fun. I didn't know these facts. I don't like it when Easter is early because in ND it is almost always snowy/cold. Of course, when it is in late April it could still be snowy/cold here!

Julie

March 7, 2008 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Very interesting!

March 8, 2008 at 5:47 AM  
Anonymous amy said...

Wow those are some crazy numbers! My circle is celebrating Ostara on the 16th this year and the Christians will have their own weekend. :)

March 8, 2008 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Neva said...

Things I didn't know!! very interesting facts!

March 13, 2008 at 10:12 PM  

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