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.
But, NO HOMESCHOOLING! I am giving her a break to her intense delight.
Other than the U.S., in every country I have lived in, viz., Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), France & the U.K., Good Friday & Easter Monday have been holidays.
So, it is only fitting that I propagate the custom over to here.
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Having it happen in consecutive years is rare. So, rejoice and take note.
It will happen again in 3-years, i.e., 2022.
But note, we are talking about Friday — Good Friday — rather than Easter, which is on the Sunday.
Given that the two holidays are related it should not come as a great surprise that they do fall, close together.
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.
Last year Easter was quite early. This year it is quite late.
However, Easter Sunday can NEVER COINCIDE with the Passover! The formula used to calculate Easter has this built-in.
So, it is always GOOD FRIDAY that can coincide with Passover — and never Easter per se.
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The ‘New Year 2019’ cakes.
Given that I have shared many of their cakes with you over the years, I know that there are many among you who like to see the latest, mouth-watering temptations making the rounds in Sri Lanka. So, here are the Sinhala New Year (Aluth Avurudda) 2019. In addition to cakes, they also do traditional food ‘hampers’ for the New Year. I will try and showcase those tomorrow.
In case you are wondering I am nothing but a customer when it comes to Kapruka. Though I give them huge amount of publicity I get nothing from them. That is OK. They have never asked me to do these posts. I do them for YOU.
Happy Sinhala New Year 2019.
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So, this year’s April 21 Easter is at the further end of the range.
As with last year, we again have a 62-year gap. That is quite the coincidence.
Another coincidence. Last year’s April 1 Easter was the first such Easter as of 1956. This year, first April 21 since 1957.
I have as yet not been able to work out why we get a 62-year gap … as between 1956 and 2018 and twice in prior years. The 68-year confounds me even further.
11-year gaps for such ‘movable holidays’ is common — the 11 having to do with the 7-day week and leap years every 4-years. As you can see we do get 11-year gaps quite often, just not the last time around. 35-year gaps are fairly common too.
But, 62- and 68-year are the LONGEST possible gaps for Easter.