When Is Lent?

Find the Dates of Lent in This and Other Years, and Links to Lenten FAQs

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The dates of Lent, the season of penance and prayer before Easter, change every year. When is Lent?

How Are the Dates of Lent Determined?

As a liturgical season, Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, when the Easter Triduum begins with the start of the Mass of the Lord's Supper. (The traditional Lenten fast—the 40 days of Lent—begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.) Since the dates of Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and Holy Saturday are dependent on the date of Easter, which is a moveable feast, Lent falls at a different time every year.

(See How Is the Date of Easter Calculated? for more details.)

​When Is Lent This Year?

Here are the dates when Lent begins and ends this year:

  • 2017: Ash Wednesday: March 1; Holy Thursday: April 13; Holy Saturday: April 15

When Is Lent in Future Years?

Here are the dates when Lent begins and ends next year and in future years:

  • 2018: Ash Wednesday: February 14; Holy Thursday: March 29; Holy Saturday: March 31
  • 2019: Ash Wednesday: March 6; Holy Thursday: April 18; Holy Saturday: April 20
  • 2020: Ash Wednesday: February 26; Holy Thursday: April 9; Holy Saturday: April 11
  • 2021: Ash Wednesday: February 17; Holy Thursday: April 1; Holy Saturday: April 3
  • 2022: Ash Wednesday: March 2; Holy Thursday: April 14; Holy Saturday: April 16
  • 2023: Ash Wednesday: February 22; Holy Thursday: April 6; Holy Saturday: April 8
  • 2024: Ash Wednesday: February 14; Holy Thursday: March 28; Holy Saturday: March 30
  • 2025: Ash Wednesday: March 5; Holy Thursday: April 17; Holy Saturday: April 19
  • 2026: Ash Wednesday: February 18; Holy Thursday: April 2; Holy Saturday: April 4
  • 2027: Ash Wednesday: February 10; Holy Thursday: March 25; Holy Saturday: March 27
  • 2028: Ash Wednesday: March 1; Holy Thursday: April 13; Holy Saturday: April 15
  • 2029: Ash Wednesday: February 14; Holy Thursday: March 29; Holy Saturday: March 31
  • 2030: Ash Wednesday: March 6; Holy Thursday: April 18; Holy Saturday: April 20

When Was Lent in Previous Years?

Here are the dates when Lent began and ended in previous years, going back to 2007:

  • 2007: Ash Wednesday: February 21; Holy Thursday: April 5; Holy Saturday: April 7
  • 2008: Ash Wednesday: February 6; Holy Thursday: March 20; Holy Saturday: March 22
  • 2009: Ash Wednesday: February 25; Holy Thursday: April 9; Holy Saturday: April 11
  • 2010: Ash Wednesday: February 17; Holy Thursday: April 1; Holy Saturday: April 3
  • 2011: Ash Wednesday: March 9; Holy Thursday: April 21; Holy Saturday: April 23
  • 2012: Ash Wednesday: February 22; Holy Thursday: April 6; Holy Saturday: April 8
  • 2013: Ash Wednesday: February 13; Holy Thursday: March 28; Holy Saturday: March 30
  • 2014: Ash Wednesday: March 5; Holy Thursday: April 17; Holy Saturday: April 19
  • 2015: Ash Wednesday: February 18; Holy Thursday: April 2; Holy Saturday: April 4
  • 2016: Ash Wednesday: February 10; Holy Thursday: March 24; Holy Saturday: March 26

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