Did you see that big old moon setting in the southwest this morning? Me too. And then I thought this is really cool, a full moon, Easter and April Fool’s Day, all at once.
Except that’s not possible. It’s not possible to have a full moon on Easter Sunday. Because the rule is, Easter is celebrated the first Sunday AFTER the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.
So the moon pulled an April Fool’s joke on us this morning. It only looked full. The full moon occurred at exactly 7:36 a.m. yesterday, March 31, (I don’t know if that’s Central Daylight Time, or Greenwich Mean Time–the Internet didn’t specify, but it definitely was yesterday), so today is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, which was March 20 this year—but don’t get me started about how the Spring Equinox is determined—that’s a subject for another day.
So the moon was actually 98.6 per cent full this morning, according to the Internet, a waning gibbous moon. Of note, it also happened to be a blue moon, the second full moon in the month of March.
I actually wrote a whole blog about this moon and Easter phenomenon a couple years ago, You can read it here. Oh, by the way, Lent is over. My sister-in-law Sarah can turn on her TV again this morning. And my other sister-in-law Beckie can have a glass of wine for breakfast. And I can eat my Peeps.
Happpy Easter, Everyone!