Moveable Feasts: March

March is a month filled with holidays that celebrate the transition of seasons, religious traditions, and significant events in history. These holidays often fall on a different date each year due to their association with the lunar calendar or the cycles of nature. They are sometimes referred to as “moveable feasts” because their observance dates shift along with the changing seasons or phases of the moon.

Here are some of the notable March holidays that change their observation dates:

  1. Easter: The most prominent movable feast, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is determined by the lunar calendar, falling on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This means that Easter can fall between March 22 and April 25.
  2. Passover: A Jewish holiday commemorating the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt, Passover is based on the Hebrew lunar calendar and falls on the 15th day of the month of Nisan. This translates to a date range between March 21 and April 20.
  3. Good Friday: The Friday preceding Easter, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is observed on the Friday before Easter, which means its date fluctuates between March 24 and April 22.
  4. Shrove Tuesday: Also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday marks the last day of indulgence before the start of Lent. It falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which usually falls between February 3 and March 9.
  5. March equinox: The March equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It occurs on March 20 or 21, when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length.

These movable feasts add a sense of unpredictability and anticipation to the month of March, reminding us of the cyclical nature of time and the interconnectedness of religious traditions and natural phenomena. They also provide opportunities for celebration, reflection, and observance of important cultural and religious practices.

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