Over the course of the past several years, it seems like everything and anything has been delayed. Manufacturing and shipping challenges and a dire need for more employees have been the cause of most of these delays. As for Easter and Passover, however, the reason they are later than usual is tied to the lunar calendar and timing of the vernal equinox.
Deena Yellin of USA Today writes:
By mid-February, stores across the country had already rolled out their Easter and Passover fare, offering a harvest of chocolate eggs, marshmallow bunnies, stacks of matzo and kosher cakes.
Apparently, they didn’t get the memo.
Passover won’t start until the evening of Friday, April 15, this year. Easter Sunday is uncommonly late, falling on April 17 for the first time in 62 years.
In a year when disrupted supply chains have seemingly delayed everything, it makes sense: Even our holidays will keep us waiting in 2022.
The arrival of Ash Wednesday this week marks the start of the 40-day Lenten season, culminating in Easter, when Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Easter Sunday is considered a “moveable feast,” meaning its position on the calendar can vary.
Christian tradition sets the holiday on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox, the start of spring.
That’s a mouthful, but the upshot is that Easter can fall anywhere from March 22 to April 25.
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