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Hi all, i'm writing a lil web page in php that displays different messages for different holidays.  The problem i'm having is that there are several floating holidays such as easter.  Basically, is there a quick and easy way of determining dates for such holidays?

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by:john-at-7fff
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elbarro --

Easter is built-in to PHP:

http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.easter-date.php

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This will get you the other holidays:

http://www.michaelthompson.org/technikos/easter.php

And here's his general strategy, which you could adapt:

http://www.michaelthompson.org/technikos/holidays.php
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I did read the link, but it doesnt go over the high holidays.  Ie, the Jewish holidays, etc.
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by:tolgadalkilic
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Shortly NO!
But you can find scripts on other web pages, or you can ask for a script in Web Dev.
I guess it won;t be difficult to create an algorithm to find the hollidays as easter. For example suppose a holiday is in the first weekend of April. You only calculate first saturday of that month. etc..
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Basically what i am looking for is an algorithm to slide into code and convert from to calender system to another
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elbarro --

I hope my suggestions for solving the problem for Easter and other floating holidays based on it was helpful.

Your original question said "Easter" and "such holidays."

You said nothing about the "the Jewish holidays, etc.," or converting from one "calendar system to another."

Maybe you should post a new question that describes your requirements more accurately.
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The question stated "easter and other floating holidays".  Although the answer was 1/2 right, you left little room to contine the thread.
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No problem. See your other question for a more complete answer.
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