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Have A Thoughtful ‘Good Friday’ 2019; It Is Not A Day For Rejoicing.

by Anura Guruge




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Easter, though Americans do not appreciate it, is an unique ‘yin-and-yangholiday — the only one of its kind in Christianity.

You have ‘Good Friday’ and ‘Easter Sunday’. In the U.S. ‘Good Friday’ isn’t even a Federal holiday — though, in reality, one could argue that in terms of Christianity is a very important Holy Day.

Though a bona fide holiday, it would be wrong to consider it a day to be happy. So, the greeting: ‘Have a Happy Good Friday‘ is wrong, even offensive. Good Friday is a day for contemplation. Easter Sunday is the day to be Merry.

So, I will just wish you a ‘Thoughtful Good Friday 2019’ and point out that it is indeed a holiday in the Guruge household — since I do not believe that one can ever have too many holidays.


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Ex-Pope Ratzinger (née Benedict XVI) Turns 90 Tomorrow, April 16, 2017, Easter Day — 4th Time His Birthday Has Been On Easter.

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He was born in Marktl, Germany on April 16, 1927 — which was Easter Saturday.

This year, when he turns 90, it will be ON Easter Day.

But his birthday has fallen on Easter Day 3 other years: 1933 (when he was 6), 1995 (when he was 68) & 2006 (when he was 79).

His 2006 birthday, which was on Easter, was his first as Pope!

He was elected pope in 2005, 3 days after his 78th birthday.

Easter 2006. His 79th birthday and first as pope.


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Today, January 25, Is The Anniversary Of The BIRTH Of CHRISTIANITY.

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Today, January 25, is the ‘Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle‘. This commemorates Jesus’ appearance to Saul/Paul when he was on his way to Damascus. This is the so called “Road to Damascus” event.

I know for sure that we don’t know for sure that this took place on January 25th. We actually don’t know the YEAR of this event, the best guess been that it was during 31 to 36 AD.

But, one thing is for sure. This, rather than any other day, is the TRUE anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.

Of course, Christianity did not come to be at Christmas, December 25th. That is a totally artificial, made-up holiday that was chosen to appease pagans who had celebrated the Winter Solstice, around that time, for centuries.

Easter is also not the anniversary of the Birth of Christianity. Jesus died on Good Friday a good Jew — the King of Jews; he having been born a Jew and a very devout Jew all his life. Between Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, Jesus did not say or do anything to make him anything other than a Jew.

Christianity, if you go by the facts, is St. Paul’s CREATION.

Paul the Apostle created Christianity around Jesus.

It is, cut to the chase, his religion founded on the belief of Jesus.

So January 25th is the REAL anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.

Depending on whether we use AD 31 or AD 36, Christianity is now 1,985 or 1,980 years old.

Think about it.

Merry Christmas.


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Easter Sunday Can Never Fall On A Full Moon.

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In case you, like I, have ever wondered if this was possible.

Yes, the rule-of-thumb as to when Easter falls is: first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the Spring (i.e. vernal) equinox. But the Church being what it is it does NOT use the astronomical Full Moon of March or April or for that matter the astronomical equinox. Instead the Church uses the ‘ecclesiastical full moon’ and March 21, every year, as the date of the Spring Equinox. So one could argue that there MIGHT be a very slim chance that the actual Full Moon could fall on Easter Sunday.

Irrespective of probabilities and odds the Church has made sure, centuries ago, that this can never happen. IF by some miracle Easter Sunday falls on a Full Moon Easter is pushed back a week!

Amazing … right?


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Good Friday Not A Federal Holiday In The U.S. But Stock Markets Closed As Are 12 State Governments.

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Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. From the U.S. Government ‘Office of Personnel Management’ (OPM). http://www.opm.gov.


12 U.S. States observe Good Friday by closing Government Offices (per Wikipedia), they being: Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee.


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From Wikipedia — Public_holidays_in_the_United_States. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here.


I have talked about this before, viz. Easter (or at least Good Friday) NOT being an official holiday in the U.S. (though as the above suggest about 80% of the country celebrates it and Easter Sunday (quite rightly) has the highest church attendance of the year (well ahead (quite rightly) of Christmas (which is in reality not a religious holiday per se)). Tomorrow, Good Friday, as always, will feel very strange to me. The stock markets are closed and that unsettles me because I like to trade — BUT the kids will be at school and there will be a mail delivery. Does not seem right.

As I have also harped about before, it, i.e., Good Friday, is ironically an observed ‘Public & Bank’ holiday (equivalent of Federal Holiday) in Sri Lanka though only 7.4% of the population is Christian! Sri Lanka (my Ceylon) is, however, holiday happy and ‘rich’. In 2016 they have 25 ‘Public & Bank’ holiday compared to the 10 in the U.S. Here is the list.

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Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From the Sri Lanka ‘Ministry of Public Administration & Management’, http://www.pubad.gov.lk/.

Note how they OBSERVE Monthly Full Moon days (Poya Days) that do NOT fall on a Sunday. So in March there are 3 holidays and 3 again in April. The holidays are WAY DOWN from when I was growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s/1960s. Easter Monday used to be a holiday. In those days, taking into account the Monthly Poya holidays, it was estimated (by a cousin of mine (who was an accountant)) that there was a holiday, on average, every 19 days!


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How Often Easter Falls On The Same Day — 1777 to 2076.

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I created an Excel spreadsheet and analysed the days for 300 years.

Easter per the Gregorian Calendar can fall between
March 22 and April 25.

Easter 2016 on a March 27 is special. Next one will be 2157.


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13 times is the MOST it has happened on a given day in that 300 year period: March 31, April 5 & April 16.

It has fallen 11 times each on six separate days, all of them in April: 1, 6, 10, 11, 12 & 17.

10 times on 9 days: March 27, April 4, April 8, April 14 – 15, April 18 – 21.

Never fallen 12 times or 6 times!


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Easter 2016 — On Sunday March 27 Is Very Special … Last In YOUR Lifetime!

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As some of you know I am intrigued by dates and names and have an incurable addiction for computer-aided (i.e., Excel spreadsheet powered) analysis of dates and names. And as addictions go this is pretty inexpensive, other than in my time, and harmless (though my other addiction, compulsive options trading, takes hardly any time and always makes money).

Well I had created a small spreadsheet to do the Purim and Easter one day apart in 2016 post. And having any type of spreadsheet with dates is a very dangerous thing to I — as the addiction kicks in like a mule on steroids. So yesterday, unable to resist, I populated a new page of that spreadsheet with the Dates of Easter for 300 years (1777 – 2076). It was fun. I then crunched them this-way and that and that even more fun. Yes, I will regale you with data, analysis and charts in the coming days.

Part of the analysis I did was when Easter cycles back to the same day — given that I have two daughters with birthdays in the Easter period, March 22 and April 4. March 22nd is the EARLIEST that Easter can happen and the last time it fell on March 22 was 1818. The next time it will fall on March 22 is in 2285. So Teischan will never celebrate a birthday on Easter. On the other hand Danielle has already had two birthdays on Easter, 1999 & 2010, and will have a third in 2021.

Easter falls 3.3 times more often in April than in March. Plus (as I have found) there are a few prominent repetition cycles for the days: 11, 46, 57 and 141 — 11 the most prevalent.

Danielle’s April 4th is right now in the midst of a 11-year cycle — 1999, 2010, 2021.

Easter on March 27 has happened 10 times in the 300 years (1777 – 2076): 1785, 1796, 1842, 1853, 1864, 1910, 1921, 1932, 2005 & 2016.

So the repetition cycles were: 11, 46, 11, 11, 46, 11, 11, 73, 11.

So yes, Easter 2005 was on March 27.

So there could be people who have seen Easter on a March 27th in 1921, 1932 & 2005. (I think 1910 is close to the upper limit).

So much more over the next few days.

Isn’t this fun. I am, truth be known, very thankful that I am addicted to analyzing dates. It could be much, much worse. SMILE.

Happy Easter. This one is very special. ENJOY.


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What is More Important: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

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Click here to access original thread at ‘Debate.org’. 


It was doing the Jewish Purim one day apart from Good Friday post, yesterday, that got me thinking. With that post and the one I did last year about Passover being on the same weekend I used Good Friday as the key date (though I included Easter Sunday too).

Given my interest in religious history I can argue on either side of this. Yes, I know, understand and appreciate the basics. Crucifixion vs. Resurrection. The Passion, the suffering and redemption of sin vs. hope, eternal life (and the true basis of what makes Christianity, Christianity).

That Good Friday is not a Federal Holiday in the very Christian (60%++) U.S. always amazes me. Growing up in very Buddhist Ceylon we had BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday off — thanks to the British/European influence.

I am glad that this question gets debated. Do YOU have an opinion or preference?


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2015: Easter and Jewish Passover On The Same Weekend. (Happens Quite Often)

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A Few Related Easter posts:
>> Easter 2014 at the Guruge place.
>> Second Best Ever Easter Joke.
>> Best Ever Easter Joke.
>> 2015 Easter Cakes from Kapruka.

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Given that the two holidays are related it should not come as a great surprise that they do fall, close together, more often than people realize. This year, 2015, is one example. I was curious to see how often they fall in the same weekend so I quickly pulled together the above spreadsheet. So the last time was in 2012 and we will have three years, in succession, starting 2018.

For those that haven’t thought about it the Cruxifiction happened just after Passover. Jesus had come to Jerusalem for Passover. The last supper is believed to have a Passover connection. Hence the connection. In early Christianity Easter was celebrated at the same time as the Passover. So that they fall together, per a now very convoluted and artificial formula used by the Western Church, is to be expected. Easter Sunday, per the ‘latest’ formula, can fall between March 22 (the day after the nominal ‘March 21’ Spring Equinox) and April 25. So April 5, as in this year, is not that early.

Just thought you might find this interesting.