Why Easter is called Easter, baby animals, what is epact?

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, April 21, 2019

easter flowering trees

'Twas Easter-Sunday.
The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with
Fragrance and with joy.

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82)

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Find out who was born today.



 
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Why Easter is Called Easter

When Is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Easter 2020 will be observed on Sunday, April 12! Find out how the date of Easter is determined, why the date changes every year, and how the holiday relates to the first full Moon of spring.
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Epact and the Easter Date

What on Earth is Epact?
Here’s a little something deliciously arcane for those who long for the “simplicity” of life before computers. Listed in the Astronomical Glossary of The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the word Epact, expressed as a number from 1 to 30. What is epact? It all goes back to the early days of calculating Easter. 
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Spring Weather and Baby Animals

Why Baby Animals are Born in Spring
Why are baby farm animals typically born in the spring? And why do we have an “Easter Bunny”? Enjoy our seasonal weather post—and, of course, adorable pictures of baby animals!
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