This year we are a welcoming back family traditions, Easter egg hunts, family dinners, Easter baskets.
According to the Farmers Almanac Easter and other religious holidays related to it𠅊sh Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and Good Friday𠅊re called “moveable feasts.” This means that they are not fixed dates on the calendar. Instead, these holidays are assigned according to what’s called a lunisolar calendar, which aligns the moon’s phases as well as the sun’s position in the sky. (Passover and other Jewish holidays also adhere to the lunisolar calendar.)
Astronomers are able to tell us precisely when the Moon will perfectly oppose the Sun, which is when it is considered to be a 𠇏ull.” However, the Church follows its own methodologies in determining when the Moon turns full. One important factor is something called the “Golden Number.” It is a rather arcane series of computations that in the end provides a date for Easter. Of course, on occasion, the date for the full Moon does not exactly line up with the date that is provided by astronomy.