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Easter is early this year
Houston County Courier - March 2008
Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
This is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives; and only the most elderly, 95 years or older, of our population have ever seen it this early.
The next time Easter will be this early, March 23, will be the year 2228, 220 years from now. The last time it was this early was 1913, so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!
The next time Easter comes earlier, on March 22, it will be the year 2285, which is 277 years from now. The last time Easter was on March 22 was 1818.
So no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!
Alvin Burchfield, 95, of Rusk was born Feb. 26, 1913. He is the father of Crockett resident Sharron Randall. He recently celebrated his birthday with family and friends. Shortly after his birth, Easter was celebrated on March 23.