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

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by Anura Guruge

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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.