How are you going to celebrate Easter? Will you have an egg hunt? A brunch or dinner with family? A sunrise service at a church? Or maybe you’re lining up all the houses you’re going to look at now that Spring Bounce has arrived almost as late as possible.
The latest Easter can ever be is April 25th, if you wondered… unless you follow the Eastern church’s calendar, where it could fall as late as May 8th.
Easter is a “moveable feast,” meaning the holiday is not set to the Gregorian calendar we regularly use. Instead, it has an easy-to-understand algorithm mixed with a more complex one. The one anyone can follow is this: Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon after the vernal equinox.
That’s the easy part, even if we throw in that we’re talking about the date of the equinox in Jerusalem. The difficult part is when the Catholic Church decided that “full moon” was going to be the 14th day of a lunar month (on a calendar that was a lot like, but not quite, the Jewish calendar, probably because they worried about getting sued for copyright), not what anyone could observe by merely looking in the sky. Furthermore the equinox was always going to be March 21st, even though the astronomical equinox can actually take place on March 19th, 20th or 21st.
Anyway, you will be pleased to know that the Church has computed Easter Sunday for the next six thousand years. Thus an institution dedicated to their Savior’s return is hedging its bets against that occurrence well beyond the foreseeable future.
And that is also the reason the housing market is still in the toilet: Late Spring Bounce this year.
This is an open thread. There are probably no Open Houses today, but you can peruse listings online, maybe send in a favorite for us to write up as a featured house, or you could just share it in comments.
Let Spring Bounce begin already!