TIL: Easter Saturday isn't the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday

In conversation with a friend, they asked me when I was seeing my favourite band, Khruangbin. I knew it was on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday but couldn’t remember the date so I Googled the term “Easter Saturday” thinking that’s what it was colloquially known as. Then I got this result:

Easter Saturday 2022 – Saturday, 23 April

I thought that seemed a bit late, vaguely remembering the gig date was closer to the middle of April. And looking at my calendar confirmed the date I was actually looking for was 16th April. I then tweeted the above image, calling Google out for yet another error! John Mueller, a Search Advocate at Google and someone I’d class as a Twitter friend, responded saying he would feed it back which was very generous of him (and so John). But there was a plot twist, courtesy of another Twitter friend:

“Not to be confused with Holy Saturday.” God forbid.

The Saturday after Easter?! Lo and behold, I was wrong and Easter Saturday was a thing that wasn’t the thing I thought it was. Even more confusingly, Eastern and Western churches observe Easter Saturday weeks apart from each other (Eastern churches observe it a week after Western churches).

So there you have it. I’ll have to find a new name for that middle Saturday. Any suggestions?

(Thanks to Faye for the correction)

Easter related: I’m obsessed with Michael Keaton’s Easter Candy SNL skit

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