A very happy Easter to you all!!
I hope you are enjoying the first Bank Holiday of the year with its curiously unfixed date. As we celebrated Easter with our guests at Ednovean Farm this year I wondered exactly why it was such a moveable holiday. Each year is different from the last, as the seasons change and each year gives a different experience and atmosphere to the holiday and so in this blog I set out to find out and also share our Easter Morning here at Ednovean Farm
The timing of Easter
Personally I find it somehow comfortable that in our ordered (fairly) predictable society, a major holiday is taken not by dictate from government but by a curious calculation that originated in AD 325.
The Roman Emperor Constantine convened the early Christian Bishops for the first council of Nicea. How orderly of the Romans, to achieve a consensus of opinion, at such an early date that has stayed with us over the centuries.
Still in the interest of research and as Charles says “I would read a cornflake packet” I looked up the exact way that Easter is calculated and it seems to rely on the Lunar Calendar for its date
How is Easter calculated?
The date for Easter is dictated by the phases of the moon thus It was decided at this council that Easter Day should fall on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, and that it should always fall on a Sunday to represent the day of Christ’s Resurrection. Normally the dates for Easter in the western world will fall between the 22nd of March and the 25th of April. This year the very early Easter has renewed the call for the date to be fixed later in the year between April the 9th and the 15th with the argument it would “boost the economy” hmmm – do I remember something about money changers and temples!
Our Breakfast table
This year i kept our Breakfast table simple and got out my bright summer gingham cloth and set some orange center daffodils in a straight sided jug at the centre. All I needed to do then was print some pretty cards of our garden with rabbits and spring daffodils and add a little box of chocolates for each couple for an unexpected personal treat to start the morning. I do hope that you had a lovely day too and had time to spoil yourself just a little bit!
To read about other Easters at Ednovean farm please click here!