When Is Easter 2020, and Why Is It a Different Date Each Year?
When is Easter in 2020?
Easter will occur on Sunday, April 12, 2020. You probably already knew that Easter falls on a different date each year… but why?
Why Does It Fall On A Different Date Each Year?
Easter and the many church holidays related to it—such as Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday—are called “moveable feasts,” because they do not fall on a fixed date on the Gregorian calendar, which follows the cycle of the Sun and the seasons. Instead, these days follow a lunisolar calendar, similar to Jewish holidays.
How Is The Date of Easter Determined?
According to a Fourth Century ruling, the date of Easter is set for the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first full Moon of Spring, occurring on or shortly after the Spring Equinox. March 22 is the earliest Easter can occur on any given year, and April 25 is the latest. If that first spring full Moon occurs on a Sunday, then Easter will be observed on the following Sunday.
Astronomers can tell us precisely to the exact minute when the Moon will arrive opposite the Sun that will brand it as a “full” Moon. However, the Church follows its own methodologies in determining when the Moon turns full. One important factor is something called the “Golden Number.” It is a rather arcane series of computations that in the end provides a date for Easter. Of course, on occasion, the date for the full Moon does not exactly line up with the date that is provided by astronomy.
Here’s a look at some of the upcoming dates for Easter:
Easter will have to be a celebrated much differently this year. Due to the coronavirus, families won’t be able to engage in many of their usual Easter activities as we all practice social distancing to stay safe. We’ve put together a few helpful ideas to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday.
If you can’t be with extended family, why not set up a video conference? Many online video conferencing tools are free, and easy to set up right from your computer or smartphone. You schedule a date and time and send your guests the generated conference code. This is a great tool to use to stay connected with loved ones while social distancing. Here’s a guide to the many options available.
It’s fun getting mail that’s not a bill or sales flyer. Why not make your own Easter cards and mail them? Print these customizable Easter greetings to send to family and friends. (note: These are available to print or as eCards.)
Non-Egg Egg Hunts
Eggs are at a premium these days so if you decide not to make colored eggs this year, there are still ways to have an Easter “Egg” hunt.
Sock Hunts – Hide pairs of Easter-themed socks (rolled into an egg shape) around the house. You find them, you keep them!
Paper “Eggs” – Before Easter, have the kids decorate eggs made out of construction paper and then have an adult hide them. On Easter morning, whoever finds the most eggs wins a prize. You can even include messages on the back for more prizes!
Who doesn’t love bubbles? Try some of these homemade bubble recipes from the DIY Network. Head out to the back yard and watch them float away for great spring/Easter fun!
Yummy Easter Recipes
Rice Krispie Easter Egg Nests These are super easy to assemble. Using your favorite Rice Krispies™ Treats recipe, simply press into the cups of a muffin tin lined with colorful paper baking cups, to create a “nest.” When cooled, add a few jelly bean “eggs” and enjoy! You can even color your nests by adding a drop of food coloring to the marshmallow mixture, or melt some chocolate chips into the marshmallow mixture for chocolate nests!
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