When Is Pentecost Sunday?

Find the Date of Pentecost Sunday in This and Other Years

Pentecost Mosiac, Monreale Basilica in Sicily
A mosaic of the Pentecost in the Basilica of Monreale in Sicily. Christophe Boisvieux/Getty Images

Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary, is a moveable feast. When is Pentecost Sunday?

How Is the Date of Pentecost Sunday Determined?

Like the dates of most other moveable feasts, the date of Pentecost Sunday depends on the date of Easter. Pentecost always falls 50 days after Easter (counting both Easter and Pentecost), but since the date of Easter changes every year, the date of Pentecost does as well.

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

When Is Pentecost Sunday This Year?

Here is the date of Pentecost Sunday this year:

  • Pentecost Sunday 2017: June 4, 2017

When Is Pentecost Sunday in Future Years?

Here is the date of Pentecost Sunday next year and in future years:

  • Pentecost Sunday 2018: May 20, 2018
  • Pentecost Sunday 2019: June 9, 2019
  • Pentecost Sunday 2020: May 31, 2020
  • Pentecost Sunday 2021: May 23, 2021
  • Pentecost Sunday 2022: June 5, 2022
  • Pentecost Sunday 2023: May 28, 2023
  • Pentecost Sunday 2024: May 19, 2024
  • Pentecost Sunday 2025: June 8, 2025
  • Pentecost Sunday 2026: May 24, 2026
  • Pentecost Sunday 2027: May 16, 2027
  • Pentecost Sunday 2028: June 4, 2028
  • Pentecost Sunday 2029: May 20, 2029
  • Pentecost Sunday 2030: June 9, 2030

When Was Pentecost Sunday in Previous Years?

Here are the dates when Pentecost Sunday fell in previous years, going back to 2007:

  • Pentecost Sunday 2007: May 27, 2007
  • Pentecost Sunday 2008: May 11, 2008
  • Pentecost Sunday 2009: May 31, 2009
  • Pentecost Sunday 2010: May 23, 2010
  • Pentecost Sunday 2011: June 12, 2011
  • Pentecost Sunday 2012: May 27, 2012
  • Pentecost Sunday 2013: May 19, 2013
  • Pentecost Sunday 2014: June 8, 2014
  • Pentecost Sunday 2015: May 24, 2015
  • Pentecost Sunday 2016: May 15, 2016

    When Is Pentecost Sunday in the Eastern Orthodox Churches?

    The links above give the Western dates for Pentecost Sunday. Since Eastern Orthodox Christians calculate Easter according to the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar (the calendar we use in our everyday lives), Eastern Orthodox Christians usually celebrate Easter on a different date from Catholics and Protestants. That means that they celebrate Pentecost Sunday on a different date as well.

    To find the date Eastern Orthodox will celebrate Pentecost Sunday in any given year, simply add seven weeks to the date of Eastern Orthodox Easter.

    More on Pentecost Sunday

    In preparing for Pentecost Sunday, many Catholics pray the Novena to the Holy Ghost, in which we ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The novena traditionally is prayed beginning on the Friday after the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord and ends on the day before Pentecost. You can, however, pray the novena throughout the year.

    You can learn more about Pentecost Sunday, the Novena to the Holy Ghost, and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and find other prayers to the Holy Spirit in Pentecost 101: Everything You Need To Know About Pentecost in the Catholic Church.

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