When Does Advent Start?

Find the date of the first Sunday of Advent in this and other years

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Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Traditionally, it has been celebrated with prayer and fasting, which is why it is known as the "little Lent." Advent is also the start of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church. When does Advent start?

How Is the Date When Advent Starts Determined?

As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes, "Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays." That means that the First Sunday of Advent can fall as early as November 27 or as late as December 3.

When Does Advent Start This Year?

Here is the date of the First Sunday of Advent this year:

  • First Sunday of Advent 2017: December 3, 2017

When Does Advent Start in Future Years?

Here are the dates of the First Sunday of Advent next year and in future years:

  • First Sunday of Advent 2018: December 2, 2018
  • First Sunday of Advent 2019: December 1, 2019
  • First Sunday of Advent 2020: November 29, 2020
  • First Sunday of Advent 2021: November 28, 2021
  • First Sunday of Advent 2022: November 27, 2022
  • First Sunday of Advent 2023: December 3, 2023
  • First Sunday of Advent 2024: December 1, 2024
  • First Sunday of Advent 2025: November 30, 2025
  • First Sunday of Advent 2026: November 29, 2026
  • First Sunday of Advent 2027: November 28, 2027
  • First Sunday of Advent 2028: December 3, 2028
  • First Sunday of Advent 2029: December 2, 2029
  • First Sunday of Advent 2030: December 1, 2030

When Did Advent Start in Previous Years?

Here are the dates when Advent began fell in previous years, going back to 2007:

  • First Sunday of Advent 2007: December 2, 2007
  • First Sunday of Advent 2008: November 30, 2008
  • First Sunday of Advent 2009: November 29, 2009
  • First Sunday of Advent 2010: November 28, 2010
  • First Sunday of Advent 2011: November 27, 2011
  • First Sunday of Advent 2012: December 2, 2012
  • First Sunday of Advent 2013: December 1, 2013
  • First Sunday of Advent 2014: November 30, 2014
  • First Sunday of Advent 2015: November 29, 2015
  • First Sunday of Advent 2016: November 27, 2016