When is Easter, Really?

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Ok, so here's how the problem *actually* breaks down.

The misinformation stream is from the Christians, who refer to Passover as occurring on Thursday (which it did that year that Jesus died).

HOWEVER, Passover (in the Jewish faith) is a *movable* feast.

It's always the day of the first full moon after the vernal equinox (sort-of, it moves to the next day if there's a conflict with another holy day).

Greek Roman Jewish
Sunday, April 19, 2009 Sunday, April 12, 2009 Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Sunday, April 04, 2010 Sunday, April 04, 2010 Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, April 24, 2011 Sunday, April 24, 2011 Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 15, 2012 Sunday, April 08, 2012 Friday, April 06, 2012
Sunday, May 05, 2013 Sunday, March 31, 2013 Thursday, April 25, 2013

So, the first question was whether to make it *always* Sunday, or follow the Jewish calculations, so that Easter was always so many days after Passover.

Which could make for 'Easter Tuesday' and 'Ash Sunday', along with the other permutations.

In any case, it all seems entirely arbitrary.  The Jewish calender is one of the more fickle ones I've looked at, though it does seem to be cut-and-dried (Maimonedes wrote it out).

Now, if you want to celebrate an 'anniversary' (in our sense) you'd likely want to figure out what day it came down to in the past, and then project that into the present.

It's obvious that if Christians followed the Jewish calendar that wouldn't be the case.

On the other hand, celebrating Sunday over and over seems a little OCD after 2K years.

Maybe that's another reason he hasn't come back yet (thinks we might all still be a little off).

After all, most of the Xians run around with an instrument of torture slung round their neck.

I had a little dove, myself (till I got a sailboat).

And, of course, none of this accounts for that fucked-up ad at jta.org that is STILL showing:

(well, it was when this was originally posted, at least).  They replaced it with an ad asking Americans w/o jobs to consider interning in Israel.

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