When is Easter Easter Dates, Easter Sunday, What Is Easter?

When is Easter Easter Dates, Easter Sunday, What Is Easter?

Question: When Is Easter? Ash Wednesday? Palm Sunday? Maundy (Holy) Thursday? Good Friday? Easter Sunday?

Answer: See Easter Sunday Observances - Easter Calendar Dates

Easter - The Greatest Christian Feast

Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of his Crucifixion, so that we can rise again with him in new life on Easter.


Easter - The Fulfillment of Our Faith

Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. St. Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage to sin, and he destroyed the hold that death has on all of us; but it is his resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.


Easter - The Coming of the Kingdom

That new life began on Easter Sunday. In the Our Father, we pray that "Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven." And Christ told his disciples that some of them would not die until they saw the Kingdom of God "coming in power" (Mark 9:1). The early Christian Fathers saw Easter as the fulfillment of that promise. With the resurrection of Christ, God's Kingdom is established on earth, in the form of the Church.


Easter - New Life in Christ

That is why people who are converting to Catholicism traditionally are baptized at the Easter Vigil service, which takes place on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter), starting sometime after sunset. They have usually undergone a long process of study and preparation. Their baptism parallels Christ's own death and resurrection, as they die to sin and rise to new life in the Kingdom of God.


Communion - Our Easter Duty

Because of the central importance of Easter to the Christian faith, the Catholic Church requires that all Catholics who have made their First Communion receive the Holy Eucharist sometime during the Easter season, which lasts through Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. (They should also take part in the Sacrament of Confession before receiving this Easter communion.) This reception of the Eucharist is a visible sign of our faith and our participation in the Kingdom of God. Of course, we should receive Communion as frequently as possible; this "Easter Duty" is simply the minimum requirement set by the Church.


The Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom

On Easter Sunday, this homily by St. John Chrysostom is read. St. John, one of the Eastern Doctors of the Church, was given the name "Chrysostom," which means "golden-mouthed," because of the beauty of his oratory. We can see some of that beauty on display here, as St. John explains to us how even those who waited until the very last hour to prepare for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday should share in the feast.

If any man be devout and loveth God,

Let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast!

If any man be a wise servant,

Let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.

If any have laboured long in fasting,

Let him now receive his recompense.

If any have wrought from the first hour,

Let him today receive his just reward.

If any have come at the third hour,

Let him with thankfulness keep the feast.

If any have arrived at the sixth hour,

Let him have no misgivings;

Because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore.

If any have delayed until the ninth hour,

Let him draw near, fearing nothing.

And if any have tarried even until the eleventh hour,

Let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness.

For the Lord, who is jealous of his honour,

Will accept the last even as the first.

He giveth rest unto him who cometh at the eleventh hour,

Even as unto him who hath wrought from the first hour.

And He showeth mercy upon the last,

And careth for the first;

And to the one He giveth,

And upon the other He bestoweth gifts.

And He both accepteth the deeds,

And welcometh the intention,

And honoureth the acts and praises the offering.

Wherefore, enter ye all into the joy of your Lord;

Receive your reward,

Both the first, and likewise the second.

You rich and poor together, hold high festival!

You sober and you heedless, honour the day!

Rejoice today, both you who have fasted

And you who have disregarded the fast.

The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously.

The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.

Enjoy ye all the feast of faith:

Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.

Let no one bewail his poverty,

For the universal Kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one weep for his iniquities,

For pardon has shown forth from the grave.

Let no one fear death,

For the Saviour's death has set us free.

He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.

By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive.

He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh.

And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry:

Hell, said he, was embittered

When it encountered Thee in the lower regions.

It was embittered, for it was abolished.

It was embittered, for it was mocked.

It was embittered, for it was slain.

It was embittered, for it was overthrown.

It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains.

It took a body, and met God face to face.

It took earth, and encountered Heaven.

It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is thy sting?

O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!

Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!

Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is risen, and life reigns!

Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.

For Christ, being risen from the dead,

Is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and dominion

Unto ages of ages.

Amen.


Easter Sunday Observances - Calendar

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

1901

20.02

05.04

07.04

16.05

1902

12.02

28.03

30.03

08.05

1903

25.02

10.04

12.04

21.05

1904

17.02

01.04

03.04

12.05

1905

08.03

21.04

23.04

01.06

1906

28.02

13.04

15.04

24.05

1907

13.02

29.03

31.03

09.05

1908

04.03

17.04

19.04

28.05

1909

24.02

09.04

11.04

20.05

1910

09.02

25.03

27.03

05.05

1911

01.03

14.04

16.04

25.05

1912

21.02

05.04

07.04

16.05

1913

05.02

21.03

23.03

01.05

1914

25.02

10.04

12.04

21.05

1915

17.02

02.04

04.04

13.05

1916

08.03

21.04

23.04

01.06

1917

21.02

06.04

08.04

17.05

1918

13.02

29.03

31.03

09.05

1919

05.03

18.04

20.04

29.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

1920

18.02

02.04

04.04

13.05

1921

09.02

25.03

27.03

05.05

1922

01.03

14.04

16.04

25.05

1923

14.02

30.03

01.04

10.05

1924

05.03

18.04

20.04

29.05

1925

25.02

10.04

12.04

21.05

1926

17.02

02.04

04.04

13.05

1927

02.03

15.04

17.04

26.05

1928

22.02

06.04

08.04

17.05

1929

13.02

29.03

31.03

09.05

1930

05.03

18.04

20.04

29.05

1931

18.02

03.04

05.04

14.05

1932

10.02

25.03

27.03

05.05

1933

01.03

14.04

16.04

25.05

1934

14.02

30.03

01.04

10.05

1935

06.03

19.04

21.04

30.05

1936

26.02

10.04

12.04

21.05

1937

10.02

26.03

28.03

06.05

1938

02.03

15.04

17.04

26.05

1939

22.02

07.04

09.04

18.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

1940

07.02

22.03

24.03

02.05

1941

26.02

11.04

13.04

22.05

1942

18.02

03.04

05.04

14.05

1943

10.03

23.04

25.04

03.06

1944

23.02

07.04

09.04

18.05

1945

14.02

30.03

01.04

10.05

1946

06.03

19.04

21.04

30.05

1947

19.02

04.04

06.04

15.05

1948

11.02

26.03

28.03

06.05

1949

02.03

15.04

17.04

26.05

1950

22.02

07.04

09.04

18.05

1951

07.02

23.03

25.03

03.05

1952

27.02

11.04

13.04

22.05

1953

18.02

03.04

05.04

14.05

1954

03.03

16.04

18.04

27.05

1955

23.02

08.04

10.04

19.05

1956

15.02

30.03

01.04

10.05

1957

06.03

19.04

21.04

30.05

1958

19.02

04.04

06.04

15.05

1959

11.02

27.03

29.03

07.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

1960

02.03

15.04

17.04

26.05

1961

15.02

31.03

02.04

11.05

1962

07.03

20.04

22.04

31.05

1963

27.02

12.04

14.04

23.05

1964

12.02

27.03

29.03

07.05

1965

03.03

16.04

18.04

27.05

1966

23.02

08.04

10.04

19.05

1967

08.02

24.03

26.03

04.05

1968

28.02

12.04

14.04

23.05

1969

19.02

04.04

06.04

15.05

1970

11.02

27.03

29.03

07.05

1971

24.02

09.04

11.04

20.05

1972

16.02

31.03

02.04

11.05

1973

07.03

20.04

22.04

31.05

1974

27.02

12.04

14.04

23.05

1975

12.02

28.03

30.03

08.05

1976

03.03

16.04

18.04

27.05

1977

23.02

08.04

10.04

19.05

1978

08.02

24.03

26.03

04.05

1979

28.02

13.04

15.04

24.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

1980

20.02

04.04

06.04

15.05

1981

04.03

17.04

19.04

28.05

1982

24.02

09.04

11.04

20.05

1983

16.02

01.04

03.04

12.05

1984

07.03

20.04

22.04

31.05

1985

20.02

05.04

07.04

16.05

1986

12.02

28.03

30.03

08.05

1987

04.03

17.04

19.04

28.05

1988

17.02

01.04

03.04

12.05

1989

08.02

24.03

26.03

04.05

1990

28.02

13.04

15.04

24.05

1991

13.02

29.03

31.03

09.05

1992

04.03

17.04

19.04

28.05

1993

24.02

09.04

11.04

20.05

1994

16.02

01.04

03.04

12.05

1995

01.03

14.04

16.04

25.05

1996

21.02

05.04

07.04

16.05

1997

12.02

28.03

30.03

08.05

1998

25.02

10.04

12.04

21.05

1999

17.02

02.04

04.04

13.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

2000

08.03

21.04

23.04

01.06

2001

28.02

13.04

15.04

24.05

2002

13.02

29.03

31.03

09.05

2003

05.03

18.04

20.04

29.05

2004

25.02

09.04

11.04

20.05

2005

09.02

25.03

27.03

05.05

2006

01.03

14.04

16.04

25.05

2007

21.02

06.04

08.04

17.05

2008

06.02

21.03

23.03

01.05

2009

25.02

10.04

12.04

21.05

2010

17.02

02.04

04.04

13.05

2011

09.03

22.04

24.04

02.06

2012

22.02

06.04

08.04

17.05

2013

13.02

29.03

31.03

09.05

2014

05.03

18.04

20.04

29.05

2015

18.02

03.04

05.04

14.05

2016

10.02

25.03

27.03

05.05

2017

01.03

14.04

16.04

25.05

2018

14.02

30.03

01.04

10.05

2019

06.03

19.04

21.04

30.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

2020

26.02

10.04

12.04

21.05

2021

17.02

02.04

04.04

13.05

2022

02.03

15.04

17.04

26.05

2023

22.02

07.04

09.04

18.05

2024

14.02

29.03

31.03

09.05

2025

05.03

18.04

20.04

29.05

2026

18.02

03.04

05.04

14.05

2027

10.02

26.03

28.03

06.05

2028

01.03

14.04

16.04

25.05

2029

14.02

30.03

01.04

10.05

2030

06.03

19.04

21.04

30.05

2031

26.02

11.04

13.04

22.05

2032

11.02

26.03

28.03

06.05

2033

02.03

15.04

17.04

26.05

2034

22.02

07.04

09.04

18.05

2035

07.02

23.03

25.03

03.05

2036

27.02

11.04

13.04

22.05

2037

18.02

03.04

05.04

14.05

2038

10.03

23.04

25.04

03.06

2039

23.02

08.04

10.04

19.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

2040

15.02

30.03

01.04

10.05

2041

06.03

19.04

21.04

30.05

2042

19.02

04.04

06.04

15.05

2043

11.02

27.03

29.03

07.05

2044

02.03

15.04

17.04

26.05

2045

22.02

07.04

09.04

18.05

2046

07.02

23.03

25.03

03.05

2047

27.02

12.04

14.04

23.05

2048

19.02

03.04

05.04

14.05

2049

03.03

16.04

18.04

27.05

2050

23.02

08.04

10.04

19.05

2051

15.02

31.03

02.04

11.05

2052

06.03

19.04

21.04

30.05

2053

19.02

04.04

06.04

15.05

2054

11.02

27.03

29.03

07.05

2055

03.03

16.04

18.04

27.05

2056

16.02

31.03

02.04

11.05

2057

07.03

20.04

22.04

31.05

2058

27.02

12.04

14.04

23.05

2059

12.02

28.03

30.03

08.05

Year

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter

Ascension Day

2060

03.03

16.04

18.04

27.05

2061

23.02

08.04

10.04

19.05

2062

08.02

24.03

26.03

04.05

2063

28.02

13.04

15.04

24.05

2064

20.02

04.04

06.04

15.05

2065

11.02

27.03

29.03

07.05

2066

24.02

09.04

11.04

20.05

2067

16.02

01.04

03.04

12.05

2068

07.03

20.04

22.04

31.05

2069

27.02

12.04

14.04

23.05

2070

12.02

28.03

30.03

08.05

2071

04.03

17.04

19.04

28.05

2072

24.02

08.04

10.04

19.05

2073

08.02

24.03

26.03

04.05

2074

28.02

13.04

15.04

24.05

2075

20.02

05.04

07.04

16.05

2076

04.03

17.04

19.04

28.05

2077

24.02

09.04

11.04

20.05

2078

16.02

01.04

03.04

12.05



Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday Dates Between 1850 and 2249

1850

March 24

1950

April 2

2050

April 3

2150

April 5

1851

April 13

1951

March 18

2051

March 26

2151

March 28

1852

April 4

1952

April 6

2052

April 14

2152

April 16

1853

March 20

1953

March 29

2053

March 30

2153

April 8

1854

April 9

1954

April 11

2054

March 22

2154

March 24

1855

April 1

1955

April 3

2055

April 11

2155

April 13

1856

March 16

1956

March 25

2056

March 26

2156

April 4

1857

April 5

1957

April 14

2057

April 15

2157

March 20

1858

March 28

1958

March 30

2058

April 7

2158

April 9

1859

April 17

1959

March 22

2059

March 23

2159

April 1

1860

April 1

1960

April 10

2060

April 11

2160

March 16

1861

March 24

1961

March 26

2061

April 3

2161

April 5

1862

April 13

1962

April 15

2062

March 19

2162

March 28

1863

March 29

1963

April 7

2063

April 8

2163

April 17

1864

March 20

1964

March 22

2064

March 30

2164

April 1

1865

April 9

1965

April 11

2065

March 22

2165

March 24

1866

March 25

1966

April 3

2066

April 4

2166

April 13

1867

April 14

1967

March 19

2067

March 27

2167

March 29

1868

April 5

1968

April 7

2068

April 15

2168

March 20

1869

March 21

1969

March 30

2069

April 7

2169

April 9

1870

April 10

1970

March 22

2070

March 23

2170

March 25

1871

April 2

1971

April 4

2071

April 12

2171

April 14

1872

March 24

1972

March 26

2072

April 3

2172

April 5

1873

April 6

1973

April 15

2073

March 19

2173

March 28

1874

March 29

1974

April 7

2074

April 8

2174

April 10

1875

March 21

1975

March 23

2075

March 31

2175

April 2

1876

April 9

1976

April 11

2076

April 12

2176

March 24

1877

March 25

1977

April 3

2077

April 4

2177

April 13

1878

April 14

1978

March 19

2078

March 27

2178

March 29

1879

April 6

1979

April 8

2079

April 16

2179

March 21

1880

March 21

1980

March 30

2080

March 31

2180

April 9

1881

April 10

1981

April 12

2081

March 23

2181

March 25

1882

April 2

1982

April 4

2082

April 12

2182

April 14

1883

March 18

1983

March 27

2083

March 28

2183

April 6

1884

April 6

1984

April 15

2084

March 19

2184

March 21

1885

March 29

1985

March 31

2085

April 8

2185

April 10

1886

April 18

1986

March 23

2086

March 24

2186

April 2

1887

April 3

1987

April 12

2087

April 13

2187

March 18

1888

March 25

1988

March 27

2088

April 4

2188

April 6

1889

April 14

1989

March 19

2089

March 27

2189

March 29

1890

March 30

1990

April 8

2090

April 9

2190

April 18

1891

March 22

1991

March 24

2091

April 1

2191

April 3

1892

April 10

1992

April 12

2092

March 23

2192

March 25

1893

March 26

1993

April 4

2093

April 5

2193

April 14

1894

March 18

1994

March 27

2094

March 28

2194

March 30

1895

April 7

1995

April 9

2095

April 17

2195

March 22

1896

March 29

1996

March 31

2096

April 8

2196

April 10

1897

April 11

1997

March 23

2097

March 24

2197

April 2

1898

April 3

1998

April 5

2098

April 13

2198

March 18

1899

March 26

1999

March 28

2099

April 5

2199

April 7

1900

April 8

2000

April 16

2100

March 21

2200

March 30

1901

March 31

2001

April 8

2101

April 10

2201

April 12

1902

March 23

2002

March 24

2102

April 2

2202

April 4

1903

April 5

2003

April 13

2103

March 18

2203

March 27

1904

March 27

2004

April 4

2104

April 6

2204

April 15

1905

April 16

2005

March 20

2105

March 29

2205

March 31

1906

April 8

2006

April 9

2106

April 11

2206

March 23

1907

March 24

2007

April 1

2107

April 3

2207

April 12

1908

April 12

2008

March 16

2108

March 25

2208

March 27

1909

April 4

2009

April 5

2109

April 14

2209

March 19

1910

March 20

2010

March 28

2110

March 30

2210

April 8

1911

April 9

2011

April 17

2111

March 22

2211

March 24

1912

March 31

2012

April 1

2112

April 10

2212

April 12

1913

March 16

2013

March 24

2113

March 26

2213

April 4

1914

April 5

2014

April 13

2114

April 15

2214

March 20

1915

March 28

2015

March 29

2115

April 7

2215

April 9

1916

April 16

2016

March 20

2116

March 22

2216

March 31

1917

April 1

2017

April 9

2117

April 11

2217

March 23

1918

March 24

2018

March 25

2118

April 3

2218

April 5

1919

April 13

2019

April 14

2119

March 19

2219

March 28

1920

March 28

2020

April 5

2120

April 7

2220

April 16

1921

March 20

2021

March 28

2121

March 30

2221

April 8

1922

April 9

2022

April 10

2122

March 22

2222

March 24

1923

March 25

2023

April 2

2123

April 4

2223

April 13

1924

April 13

2024

March 24

2124

March 26

2224

April 4

1925

April 5

2025

April 13

2125

April 15

2225

March 20

1926

March 28

2026

March 29

2126

April 7

2226

April 9

1927

April 10

2027

March 21

2127

March 23

2227

April 1

1928

April 1

2028

April 9

2128

April 11

2228

March 16

1929

March 24

2029

March 25

2129

April 3

2229

April 5

1930

April 13

2030

April 14

2130

March 19

2230

March 28

1931

March 29

2031

April 6

2131

April 8

2231

April 17

1932

March 20

2032

March 21

2132

March 30

2232

April 1

1933

April 9

2033

April 10

2133

April 12

2233

March 24

1934

March 25

2034

April 2

2134

April 4

2234

April 13

1935

April 14

2035

March 18

2135

March 27

2235

March 29

1936

April 5

2036

April 6

2136

April 15

2236

March 20

1937

March 21

2037

March 29

2137

March 31

2237

April 9

1938

April 10

2038

April 18

2138

March 23

2238

March 25

1939

April 2

2039

April 3

2139

April 12

2239

April 14

1940

March 17

2040

March 25

2140

March 27

2240

April 5

1941

April 6

2041

April 14

2141

March 19

2241

March 28

1942

March 29

2042

March 30

2142

April 8

2242

April 10

1943

April 18

2043

March 22

2143

March 24

2243

April 2

1944

April 2

2044

April 10

2144

April 12

2244

March 24

1945

March 25

2045

April 2

2145

April 4

2245

April 6

1946

April 14

2046

March 18

2146

March 27

2246

March 29

1947

March 30

2047

April 7

2147

April 9

2247

March 21

1948

March 21

2048

March 29

2148

March 31

2248

April 9

1949

April 10

2049

April 11

2149

March 23

2249

March 25



Dates for Maundy Thursday from 2010 to 2025


When is ...?

Date     

Day of the week     

     

Maundy Thursday 2010     

April 1, 2010     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2011     

April 21, 2011     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2012     

April 5, 2012     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2013     

March 28, 2013     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2014     

April 17, 2014     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2015     

April 2, 2015     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2016     

March 24, 2016     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2017     

April 13, 2017     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2018     

March 29, 2018     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2019     

April 18, 2019     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2020     

April 9, 2020     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2021     

April 1, 2021     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2022     

April 14, 2022     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2023     

April 6, 2023     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2024     

March 28, 2024     

Thursday     

Maundy Thursday 2025     

April 17, 2025     

Thursday     


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