I found myself longing for spring today. The sun is shining but the temperature tells a story or winter not quite yet gone. Perhaps Charles Dickens said it best in Great Expectations:
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
The official term for the first day of spring is "vernal equinox." This term is Latin, vernal means spring and equinox means equal night. The vernal equinox is the day in the spring where the daylight hours and the night hours are both twelve.
Easter occurs the Sunday following the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. Here are some interesting facts about the date of Easter:
- It always falls in the range March 22 through April 25.
-The last time Easter was on the earliest date, March 22, was 1818; the next time will be 2285.
- The latest possible date is April 25; this last happened in 1943; and will next happen in 2038.
-There are never two consecutive years with early Easters (Easter falling in March).
- There are never two consecutive year with late Easters (Easter falling from April 16 - 25).
-The most common date of Easter is April 19. The least common is March 22.
Hopefully, these Easter and spring facts will get us hopping into the next season quickly. I am so ready to put away my heated mattress pad!