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Old 03-01-2018, 02:49 AM   #1
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Default Is it me or is 2018 turning into a "Double Whammy" year?

Now that 2018 is here I have noticed that it's gonna turn into a month where we will see a double whammy of holidays this year and I cannot figure out why this is. Take for instance in February we had Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday both on February 14th and it was a surprise to me that they would do this. And now I learned that Easter and April Fool's Day are gonna be a double whammy holiday because they both are on April 1st and when you look at it I always thought Easter was traditionally on the second week of April and I cannot figure out why Easter and April Fool's Day are double whammy holidays this year. I truly think that 2018 will turn into a year with months that have double whammy holidays in it
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Easter does not have a set date and is on a different Sunday each year. It is also in March some years and April some years, so a wide variance of when it could be.
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Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox. (This ones going to be a rarity, as the full moon will also be a BLUE MOON).
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Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox. (This ones going to be a rarity, as the full moon will also be a BLUE MOON).
I think that needs changed. One of the most important Christian holidays should not be determined by positions of the moon. That just seems wrong. Maybe make it a set date like the second Sunday of April. I also do not like it ever being on April Fools Day, bad symbolism there.
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I think that needs changed. One of the most important Christian holidays should not be determined by positions of the moon. That just seems wrong. Maybe make it a set date like the second Sunday of April. I also do not like it ever being on April Fools Day, bad symbolism there.
I wonder if there'll be someone making a blasphemous comment on that day?
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Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox. (This ones going to be a rarity, as the full moon will also be a BLUE MOON).
A once in a blue moon Easter!! How cool!!!!
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It hasn't happened since 1956, and won't happen again till 2029. I think the world will survive.



>>>Just an FYI: Easter and April Fool’s Day have coincided in 1714, 1725, 1736, 1804, 1866, 1877, 1888, 1923, 1934, 1945, 1956, and will coincide again in 2018, 2029, 2040, 2108, 2170, 2181, 2192, 2238, 2249, 2260, 2306, 2317, 2328.<<<

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Now that 2018 is here I have noticed that it's gonna turn into a month where we will see a double whammy of holidays this year and I cannot figure out why this is. Take for instance in February we had Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday both on February 14th and it was a surprise to me that they would do this. And now I learned that Easter and April Fool's Day are gonna be a double whammy holiday because they both are on April 1st and when you look at it I always thought Easter was traditionally on the second week of April and I cannot figure out why Easter and April Fool's Day are double whammy holidays this year. I truly think that 2018 will turn into a year with months that have double whammy holidays in it
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I think that needs changed. One of the most important Christian holidays should not be determined by positions of the moon. That just seems wrong. Maybe make it a set date like the second Sunday of April. I also do not like it ever being on April Fools Day, bad symbolism there.
It may look weird today that the date for Easter and its adjacent holidays can change so much from year to year. But it was totally normal in the ancient Middle East, where the holiday has its origins. Most of the early calendars were lunisolar, so they would put more emphasis on the moon and all its different phases than what our modern Gregorian calendar normally does. And even today, the moon is important to determine the dates of most Jewish and Chinese holdays. And the Muslim calendar follows only the moon.

Sure, I think I would support a reform to fix the date for Easter to fit better in with the Gregorian calendar. But I'm sure that many traditionalists would dislike the idea of changing this after almost 1700 years.
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Sure, I think I would support a reform to fix the date for Easter to fit better in with the Gregorian calendar. But I'm sure that many traditionalists would dislike the idea of changing this after almost 1700 years.
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