Easter Math!

Just what you wanted, I'm sure!

Actually, it's really very cool:

Infographic: What's The Most Frequent Easter Date in 500 Years? | Statista
Easter is one of the Christian religious holidays without a fixed worldly calendar date. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after March 21. Easter season begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks. In 500 years (from 1600 to 2099 AD) Easter was and will be most often celebrated on either March 31 or on April 16 (22 times each) – the latter incidentally being this years' date on which Easter Sunday falls. [Source]

Now, it makes sense to me that there would be this curve - dates to either side occur less frequently as Easter shifts about, and the middle dates would occur more often. I can even understand the wave pattern, so that we have four high dates, with dips between them. But I need someone to explainto me that big dip on April 9. It seems odd that it drops so suddenly for that date, and then jumps back up. 

Anyway, this is cool.  

Pretty picture! It's a selfie! And scattered dandelions!

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