That is this weekend right?
Does anyone else feel like Easter is getting earlier and earlier every year?
Or is it just me and my family?
So why is that? Have you ever wanted to know?
Well I did and this is what I came up with.
Easter is what is termed as a moveable feast.
What is that you ask?
Well for one it is a holy day that doesn’t have a fixed date and usually these dates coincide with the date of Easter.
For example, Palm Sunday is a moveable feast. Because it happens the week before Easter, the date of Palm Sunday would coincide with whichever date Easter happens to fall upon, which this year is March 31st. So in response, Palm Sunday was this past weekend, March 24th.
Got it? Good, can you explain it to me.
So why is Easter in March this year, well that is another story all together.
Easter’s date was established in 325 by the First Council of Nicaea. It was decided that the date of Easter would coincide with the first full moon following the March equinox (the date not the car).
The first Sunday following the first full moon would be the date for celebrating the Easter holiday.
Still with me?
So now I got it. Easter moves around the calender because of the Lunar cycle.
So next year, because the first full moon after the March equinox is April 15, Easter will find it’s way back to April. Arriving on April 20.
So next year, about this time, we will all be wondering why Easter isn’t in March this year.
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So I am excited about the big Easter Egg hunt happening at the Parks this weekend in Maryville. There is one at Beal Park and one at Donaldson.
I, myself, prefer the one at Donaldson, mainly because it is within walking distance from my house.
To be honest, though, I don’t have a preference.
The reason for my excitement, besides my obvious Christian reasons, is that I just enjoy this time with my kids.
Every week, I see them growing more and more and I see how they are slowly getting more set in their ways.
So Easter egg hunts could be a thing of the past before I know it.
I am just going to spend time in the present and enjoy it while it lasts.
I remember, as a child, having a wonderful time creating Easter Eggs for our Easter celebration.
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Why? Well for one, my kids haven’t been old enough to do it (aka I haven’t trusted them enough to allow them to color eggs).
Maybe this year will be the year though. I see my oldest coloring in school and having a blast doing it. So maybe it is time to share that old tradition that I loved as a kid, making Easter eggs.
Although, as a kid, I can remember wondering what to do with the eggs when we were done.
Do you display them or do you eat them? Plus we always ended up with weird colored eggs on the inside of the shell. How does that happen?
Well, all you out there, I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday. Enjoy time together as a family and don’t eat too much chocolate. But, truly, is there really such a thing as too much chocolate?
Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville Daily Forum. His email is: email@example.com. Drop him a line sometime!