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PHP easter_days() Function

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Example

Print the number of days after March 21, that the Easter Day is/was for different years:

<?php
echo "Easter Day is ". easter_days() . " days after March 21 this year.<br />";
echo "Easter Day was ". easter_days(1990) . " days after March 21 in 1990.<br />";
echo "Easter Day was ". easter_days(1342) . " days after March 21 in 1342.<br />";
echo "Easter Day will be ". easter_days(2050) . " days after March 21 in 2050.";
?>
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Definition and Usage

The easter_days() function returns the number of days after March 21, that the Easter Day is in the given year.

Tip: The date of Easter Day is defined as the Sunday after the first full moon which falls on or after the Spring Equinox (21st March).


Syntax

easter_days(year,method);
Parameter Description
year Optional. Specifies a year as a number. Default is the current year, local time
method Optional. Allows you to calculate easter dates based on other calendars. E.g. it uses the Gregorian calendar during the years 1582 - 1752 when set to CAL_EASTER_ROMAN


Technical Details

Return Value: Returns the number of days after March 21, that the Easter Day is in the given year
PHP Version: 4+
Changelog: In PHP 4.3 the year parameter became optional and the method parameter was added

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