Today is Easter Sunday.
To most of the world, that is the commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ.
In Ireland it is also the commemoration of mayhem in Dublin known as The Easter Rising.
The politicians all parade out and lay wreaths at monuments, and look solemn. It’s a great photo opportunity. They talk about this day in 1916 when the rising took place.
But it didn’t. It took place on the 23rd of April 1916, not the 8th. So why not commemorate it on the 23rd of April?
Easter is a weird day, in that it floats around like a dingy on a choppy sea. It can land anywhere between the 23rd of March and the 25th of April, which is quite a wide gap.
For those of you who don’t know it – the formula for Easter Sunday is “the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox”. Congratulations to whoever came up with that one.
Let’s go the whole hog.
We’ll set Christmas as the first Wednesday after the first new moon after the Winter Equinox but only if Saturn and Jupiter are in the same quadrant . That would lead to some fun. The commercial world would be in utter confusion as they wouldn’t know when to start their profit-fest.
It would make as much sense as the rule governing Easter.