When Is Easter?

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When Is Easter?
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When Is Easter 2018?

Before 325 A.D., Easter, a moveable feast, was celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox.

In 325 A.D., at the Council of Nicaea, the Western Church resolved to established a more standardized system for determining the date of Easter.

As astronomers were able to approximate the dates of all the full moons in future years, the Western Christian Church used these calculations to establish a table of Ecclesiastical Full Moon dates. These dates would determine all of the Holy Days on the Ecclesiastical calendar.

Although modified marginally from its original form, by 1583 A.D. the table for determining the Ecclesiastical Full Moon dates was permanently established and has been used ever since to determine the date of Easter. According to the Ecclesiastical tables, the Paschal Full Moon is the first Ecclesiastical Full Moon date after March 20 (which happened to be the vernal equinox date in 325 A.D.). Thus, in Western Christianity, Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon.

Future Easter Dates

Easter 2019 Dates

  • March 6 - Ash Wednesday
  • April 14 - Palm Sunday
  • April 18 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
  • April 19 - Good Friday
  • April 21 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
  • April 28 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

    Easter 2020 Dates

    • February 26 - Ash Wednesday
    • April 5 - Palm Sunday
    • April 9 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
    • April 10 - Good Friday
    • April 12 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
    • April 19 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

    Easter 2021 Dates

    • February 17 - Ash Wednesday
    • March 28 - Palm Sunday
    • April 1 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
    • April 2 - Good Friday
    • April 4 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
    • May 2 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

    Easter 2022 Dates

    • March 2 - Ash Wednesday
    • April 10 - Palm Sunday
    • April 14 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
    • April 15 - Good Friday
    • April 17 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
    • April 24 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

    Easter 2023 Dates

    • February 22 - Ash Wednesday
    • April 2 - Palm Sunday
    • April 6 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
    • April 7 - Good Friday
    • April 9 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
    • April 16 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Past Easter Dates

      Easter 2017 Dates

      • March 1 - Ash Wednesday
      • April 9 - Palm Sunday
      • April 13 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • April 14 - Good Friday
      • April 16 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 16 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2016 Dates

      • February 10 - Ash Wednesday
      • March 20 - Palm Sunday
      • March 24 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • March 25 - Good Friday
      • March 27 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • May 1 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2015 Dates

      • February 18 - Ash Wednesday
      • March 29 - Palm Sunday
      • April 2 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • April 3 - Good Friday
      • April 5 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 12 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2014 Dates

      • March 5 - Ash Wednesday
      • April 13 - Palm Sunday
      • April 17 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • April 18 - Good Friday
      • April 20 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 20 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2013 Dates

      • February 13 - Ash Wednesday
      • March 24 - Palm Sunday
      • March 28 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • March 29 - Good Friday
      • March 31 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • May 5 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2012 Dates

      • February 22 - Ash Wednesday
      • April 1 - Palm Sunday
      • April 5 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • April 6 - Good Friday
      • April 8 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 15 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2011 Dates

      • March 9 - Ash Wednesday
      • April 17 - Palm Sunday
      • April 21 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • April 22 - Good Friday
      • April 24 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 24 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2010 Dates

      • February 17 - Ash Wednesday
      • March 28 - Palm Sunday
      • April 1 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • April 2 - Good Friday
      • April 4 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 4 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2009 Dates

      • February 25 - Ash Wednesday
      • April 5 - Palm Sunday
      • April 9 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • April 10 - Good Friday
      • April 12 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 19 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

      Easter 2008 Dates

      • February 6 - Ash Wednesday
      • March 16 - Palm Sunday
      • March 20 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
      • March 21 - Good Friday
      • March 23 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)
      • April 27 - Orthodox Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)