On Behalf of My Family and our 140 staff at PT Bali Affordable Lifestyles International and PT Bali Luxury Villas as well as our new division Best Asia Real Estate we want to wish all our Christian friends, associates, clients and readers
A Very Happy Easter
Tonight, Good Friday will be an exceptional Good Friday because it also includes a full moon and the last Blue Moon until 2020.
We look forward to seeing the blue Moon later tonight from our Bali paradise Estates which is known by the locals as Pantai Purnama or Full Moon Beach.
|Full moon at Bali paradise Beach Estates|
If last night was any indication of what tonight will look like it's going to be spectacular.
Saturday's Blue Moon Is the Last One Until 2020 (Don't Miss It!)
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | March 29, 2018 07:11am ET
Skywatchers take note: The last Blue Moon of 2018 is just around the corner. If you miss it, you'll have to wait to 2020 for the next one.
The upcoming Blue Moon — the name given to the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month — rises on Saturday (March 31). It'll be the second Blue Moon of the year; the first occurred on Jan. 31, when we experienced the "Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse."
If you're a Blue Moon fan, make sure to get an eyeful on Saturday; the next one won't come until Halloween night in 2020, according to the Weather Channel.
An airplane flies in front of the Blue Moon of July 31, 2015, in this photo captured by skywatcher Chris Jankowski of Erie, Pennsylvania.Credit: Chris Jankowski
Thought to be called "blue" after an old english term meaning "betrayer," a Blue Moon is an extra full moon that occurs due to a quirk of the calendar. [See the full Blue Moon Infographic here.]Credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com
Blue Moons aren't actually blue, and they don't look different from any other full moon in the sky.
The term, which has been around for hundreds of years, apparently originally signified something that's absurd, but then shifted over time to refer to exceedingly rare events, Philip Hiscock wrote in a 2012 article for Sky & Telescope. (Interestingly, a Blue Moon previously meant the third full moon in a season that had four of them.
This sense of an "extra" full moon morphed into the definition most people recognize today. Language is a slippery and changeable thing!)
But Blue Moons aren't all that rare, really: On average, they occur about once every 2.7 years. Blue Moons are possible because it takes Earth's nearest neighbor 29.5 days to circle our planet, but each calendar month (except February) contains 30 or 31 days.
Editor's note: If you capture an amazing photo of the Blue Moon or any other celestial sight and would like to share it with Space.com for a story or gallery, send images and comments to managing editor Tariq Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This article is about the Christian and cultural festival. For other uses, see Easter (disambiguation).
|Easter (Pasch / Resurrection Sunday)|
Icon of the Resurrection, with Christ, having kicked down the gates of Hades and pulling Adam and Eve out of the tombs. Christ is flanked by saints, and Satan, depicted as an old man, is bound and chained. (See Resurrection of Jesus in Christian art.)
|Significance||Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus|
|Celebrations||Church services, festive family meals,Easter egg decoration, and gift-giving|
|Observances||Prayer, all-night vigil, sunrise service|
|2015 date||5 April (Western)|
12 April (Eastern)
|2016 date||27 March (Western)|
1 May (Eastern)
|2017 date||16 April (Western)|
16 April (Eastern)
|Related to||Passover, of which it is regarded the Christian fulfillment; Septuagesima,Sexagesima, Quinquagesima, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Clean Monday, Lent, Great Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which lead up to Easter; andThomas Sunday, Ascension,Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi which follow it.|
Easter,[nb 1] also called Pasch[nb 2] or Resurrection Sunday,[nb 3] is a festival and holiday celebrating theresurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
The week before Easter is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating thecrucifixion and death of Jesus. In western Christianity, Eastertide, the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Orthodoxy, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension.
Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in theGregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on alunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary in East andWest.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.