When is Easter likely to happen?


It’s a natural question to wonder this time of year. The date when Easter falls is calculated by some tricky numerical rules. These come from the desire to make Easter an early-spring (in the Northern hemisphere) holiday, while tying it to the date of Passover, as worked out by people who did not know the exact rules by which the Jewish calendar worked. The result is that some dates are more likely than others to be Easter.

A few years ago I wrote a piece finding how often Easter would be on different dates, in the possible range from the 22nd of March through the 25th of April. And discussed some challenges in the problem. Calendars are full of surprising subtle problems. Easter creates a host of new challenges.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

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