I never stopped to think much about the fact that Easter Sunday comes on very different dates each year... until I became the owner of a Roatan vacation rental.
Why are weeks in April still available?
We have been very fortunate so far this year. We have had a lot of great guests who all seem to have had a wonderful time staying with us in West End. And we haven't had a vacant week since early November... until mid-April. That is very unusual. April is typically a very busy month. So what is going on? Why is April 2013 so different than April 2012, and April 2011, etc?
Well, the only thing we can come up with is Easter. It moved on us. Last year, it was April 8th. The year before, April 24th. This year, it is on March 31... which got us thinking, when is it next year and why does it move around so much? The answer, by the way, is April 20th, 2014 - three weeks later than this year. As for the answer to why it moves around so much - read on...
Easter is a Moveable Feast
The Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the full moon that falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox (known as the paschal full moon).
We know that Easter must always occur on a Sunday, because Sunday was the day of Christ's Resurrection. But why the paschal full moon? Because that was the date of Passover in the Jewish calendar, and the Last Supper (Holy Thursday) occurred on the Passover. Therefore, Easter was the Sunday after Passover.
Now, in full transparency, the Church does not use the exact date of the paschal full moon but an approximation, because the paschal full moon can fall on different days in different time zones, which would mean that the date of Easter would be different depending on which time zone you live in. For calculation purposes, the full moon is always set at the 14th day of the lunar month (the lunar month begins with the new moon). Likewise, the Church sets the date of the vernal equinox at March 21, even though it can occur on March 20. Both approximations allow the Church to set a single, world-wide date for Easter.
What does this have to do with Roatan Vacation Rentals?
Well, Easter Sunday informally marks the end of the high season on Roatan - where there is a significant Christian population. So the earlier it happens, the shorter our high season is and, apparently, the harder it is to fill up April - which got us wondering whether or not Easter 2013 is abnormally early. As you can see below from the yellow/green bar, it is quite early relative to all the Easters this century, but by no means the earliest.
In fact, Easter Sundays in the years 2000 to 2100 span a little over a month of different dates, from March 23 to April 25th. That places 2013's March 31 Easter just outside the first week of possible dates. Surprisingly, it is tied for the most "popular" Easter Sunday date with April 15th and April 20th.
This is all great, but what does it mean for me?
In a word: SAVINGS. Roatan vacation rental deals. In order to fill these vacant weeks in April 2013 with happy guests, we are discounting our normal rates by as much as 40%. You can see all our special deals HERE. Check them out, beacuse if you can get away on short notice, you will never see lower prices for a week in West End luxury.