The stores are stocked now with marshmallow chicks, Cadbury eggs, and chocolate-covered rabbit pellets in preparation for the big Easter season. But when is it? Marilyn vos Savant, Parade magazine’s staff genius, is smart enough to figure it out and passes the info on to us in Sunday’s column. “In the Western World,” she says, “Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of spring – unless the date falls on the first day of the Jewish Passover festival. In which case, Easter is moved to the next Sunday. Is that clear?” Um, no, Marilyn, it is not. We still don’t know. We want the date.. And, meanwhile, anything based on the moon sounds like pagan mumbo-jumbo to us, as if rising from the dead and bunnies hiding chicken embryos weren’t Santaria enough already. And in the aforementioned Western World, shouldn’t Easter be called Wester? We’re just saying.
From left: Jesus, Easter Bunny, Marilyn