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Easter and Passover 2018

Passover and Easter are the same weekend this year!

Do you ever wonder why the dates of Easter and Passover move around? This year I have heard some people complain that it is pretty early in the Spring season which may make some celebrations challenging if snow is still on the ground!  And let’s not forget April Fool’s day, too!

According to  “The date of Easter Sunday is usually the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the March equinox. …According to the Bible, Jesus Christ's death and resurrection occurred around the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first full moon following the vernal equinox. …In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.  From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.  Easter is delayed by 1 week if the full moon is on Sunday, which decreases the chances of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover. “

At least the determination of Passover seems more straightforward:  According to Wikipedia

“The Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, which typically falls in March or April of the Gregorian calendar. Passover is a spring festival, so the 15th day of Nisan typically begins on the night of a full moon after the northern vernal equinox. However, due to leap months falling after the vernal equinox, Passover sometimes starts on the second full moon after vernal equinox, as in 2016.”

Well, I don’t know about you, but I am glad that I don’t have to try to figure that out!

Thank goodness for the internet and Alexa!

What I do know how to do is to help you have a stress-free Holiday! No matter what you celebrate!

The experienced professionals at Events by Marylee, LLC can help you navigate your celebrations effortlessly and stress free. From plated, formal ceremonies to fun family egg hunts; while respecting religious traditions and special dietary needs of your guests and family, we can do it all! 


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