Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars (both of which follow the cycle of the sun and the seasons). Instead, the date for Easter is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere's vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21 (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on March 20 in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. In Western Christianity, using the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25, inclusively. The following day, Easter Monday, is a legal holiday in many countries with predominantly Christian traditions. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar. Due to the 13 day difference between the calendars between 1900 and 2099, March 21 corresponds, during the 21st century, to the 3rd of April in the Gregorian Calendar. Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8 on the Gregorian calendar (The Julian calendar is no longer used as the civil calendar of the countries where Eastern Christian traditions predominate). Among the Oriental Orthodox some churches have changed from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar and the date for Easter as for other fixed and moveable feasts is the same as in the Western church (source: wikipedia.org)

Easter dates up to the year 2020


  • 5th April 2016
  • 27th March 2016
  • 16th April 2017
  • 1st April 2018
  • 21st April 2019
  • 12th April 2020

  • 12th April 2016
  • 1st May 2016
  • 16th April 2017
  • 8th April 2018
  • 28th April 2019
  • 19th April 2020

  • April 03, 2016
  • April 22, 2016
  • April 10, 2017
  • March 30, 2018
  • April 19, 2019
  • April 8, 2020
  • Easter for Orthodox and Judaism explained
  • Easter in Christianity explained
  • Saint Patrick's Day explained
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