Calculating a Happy Easter

Easter only just started for me, since Good Friday is not a public holiday in France. I only get a three day weekend :-(.

Easter always falls on the Sunday following the 14th day of the lunar month on or after the 21st of March (got that?). It’s not a particularly early Easter this year since it can fall as early as the 22nd of March – although it won’t actually fall on that date until 2285. Think it’s simple to calculate the date Easter will fall? Think again. A lot of mathematics needed to determine lunar months under Julian and Gregorian calendars…

[aside] Don’t get too stuffed eating chocolate, read about guaranteed zero calorie easter eggs on DVDs.


  1. Buona Pasqua!

  2. Simon

    15/4/2006 at 2:13 pm

    Grazie David, joyeuses Pรƒยขques to you too.


  3. Happy Easter!

    Here in the good ol’ Politically Correct (ya, right) US of A we don’g get Good Friday OR Easter Monday off (well, I guess some people do)…so I had to settle for a 2 day weekend and a 4 hour drive to my parents house and back. Whew. and work tomorrow. Yucky. Ah well – hope you had/are having a good long weekend & eating lots of chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. uh, that’s “don’t” not “don’g” –

    must be all that chocolate….

  5. Simon

    17/4/2006 at 9:02 am

    Hi Carrster,

    I didn’t know that Easter wasn’t a holiday in the US. If that’s being politically correct, what about Christmas then? Why celebrate Christ’s birth, and not His death?

    I’m not into religion anyway, so I can flippantly say that the chocolate industry probably doesn’t have a big lobby in the days off department.

    Luckily, Yasmina left a lot of the chocolate at the office – eggs from colleagues – so we haven’t overdosed yet ๐Ÿ˜€


  6. Well, it “is” a holiday – you just don’t necessarily get a day off (because it falls on a Sunday). Don’t ask me why things are the way they are. Strange.

    I think you’re right! The chocolate industry wants everyone at work eating chocolates from everyone else’s cubicle candy dishes! ha. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Simon

    17/4/2006 at 3:33 pm

    Sunday is the day of Christ’s resurrection: He died on Good Friday. So you celebrate birth and resurrection, but not death, in the US “days off work” calendar.

    I suppose that to make room for US secular festivals and commemorations like Thanksgiving, you have to lose those Christian festivals (which often have roots in Pagan and other traditions too).

    I cannot imagine working in an office environment where there are cubicles. It may happen to me one day though.

    Would you say that “cubicle candy dishes” are to be found across the US? I think you could probably write a cultural piece on that. No doubt you can tell a lot from the candy in those dishes, no?