When is Easter - Next 10 Years' Dates

Western churches celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after the full moon that lands on or after the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox is always on the 21st of March. This is the reason that Easter Sunday always moves around.  It can occur as early as 22nd March or as late as 25th April. A prime example of this difference was demonstated by the Easter dates for 2010 which fell on April 4th, and then in 2011, Easter Sunday fell on the 24th of April, which was about 3 weeks later in the calendar year.

Easter History

The Easter of our ancient history came even prior to the events that led to the Christian celebration of history. It started as a Saxon celebration of spring and fertility with the pagan festal of Eastre, who was a goddess that they worshipped in that time. Some of the symbols of modern day Easter such as bunnies and colored eggs originated with this ancient pagan celebration as they were symbols of fertility.  Even today, we are still giving gifts that are representative of those symbols.

The Easter of Christianity

For Christians, Easter is probably the most important of all their holidays and observances.  It is the day that they commemorate the resurrection of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Easter Sunday is the culmination of the observance and a celebration of the day that Christ rose from the grave after being dead for three days.  The day that it is celebrated depends on the relationship of the lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar each year.

The observances leading up to Easter Sunday include Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and Good Friday also called "Lent" which is the 40 day period that culminates with Easter Sunday.  Because the date of Easter changes every year, so do the rest of the Lenten celebrations.  Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent and always lands on the seventh Wednesday prior to Easter.  Palm Sunday is the last Sunday before Easter and Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter.

Not all Christian faiths observe Easter at the same time.  In the 16th century, the Roman Catholic began operating under the Gregorian calendar instead of the Julian calendar.  Then the Western Church set the vernal equinox at the fixed date of March 21st and defined the full moon using ecclesiastical calculations.  But the Greek Orthodox held true to the earlier system using the Julian calendar.  This is why they celebrate Easter at a different time than the Roman Catholics and the Protestants.

Easter Dates on the Christian Calendar

For the next 10 years these are the dates that Easter will land on:

  • 2011 - Easter Sunday - April 24th
  • 2012 - Easter Sunday - April 8th
  • 2013 - Easter Sunday - March 31st
  • 2014 - Easter Sunday - April 20th
  • 2015 - Easter Sunday - April 5th
  • 2016 - Easter Sunday - March 27th
  • 2017 - Easter Sunday - April 16th
  • 2018 - Easter Sunday - April 1st
  • 2019 - Easter Sunday - April 21st
  • 2020 - Easter Sunday - April 12th
  • 2021 - Easter Sunday - April 4th

Easter Dates on the Greek Orthodox Calendar

The Greek Orthodox Church sets the date for Easter based on the astronomical definitions of the full moon and the equinox as observed along the meridian of Jerusalem.

This is a list for the Easter dates for the Greek orthodox Church over the next 10 years.  Some of the dates on the Greek Orthodox calendar are the same as for the Western Churches.

  • 2011 - Easter Sunday - April 24th (same)
  • 2012 - Easter Sunday - April 15th
  • 2013 - Easter Sunday - May 5th
  • 2014 - Easter Sunday - April 20th (same)
  • 2015 - Easter Sunday - April 12th
  • 2016 - Easter Sunday - May 1st
  • 2017 - Easter Sunday - April 16th (same)
  • 2018 - Easter Sunday - April 8th
  • 2019 - Easter Sunday - April 28th
  • 2020 - Easter Sunday - April 19th
  • 2021 - Easter Sunday - May 2nd

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