Easter Sunday Dates

Easter Sunday Dates

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

Is Easter Sunday a Public Holiday?

Easter Sunday is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 17 April 2022 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in United States.

 

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on Easter Sunday.

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What Do People Do?

Many churches hold special services on Easter Sunday, which celebrate the Jesus Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion. Many people also decorate eggs. These can be hard boiled eggs that can be eaten later, but may also be model eggs made of plastic, chocolate, candy or other materials. It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts. Eggs of some form are hidden, supposedly by a rabbit or hare. People, especially children, then search for them. In some areas, Easter egg hunts are a popular way for local businesses to promote themselves or may even be organized by churches.

Public Life

Easter Sunday is not a federal holiday but a number of stores are closed in many parts of the US and if they are open, they may have limited trading hours. In some cities, public transit systems usually run their regular Sunday schedule, but it is best to check with the local transport authorities if any changes will be implemented during Easter Sunday.

Background

In Pagan times, many groups of people organized spring festivals. Many of these celebrated the re-birth of nature, the return the land to fertility and the birth of many young animals. These are the origins of the Easter eggs that we still hunt for and eat.

In Christian times, the spring began to be associated with Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the resurrection is remembered on Easter Sunday. The idea of the resurrection joined with the ideas of re-birth in Pagan beliefs.

Symbols

For people with strong Christian beliefs, the cross that Jesus was crucified on and his resurrection are important symbols of the period around Easter. Other symbols of Easter include real eggs or eggs manufactured from a range of materials, nests, lambs and rabbits or hares. Sometimes these symbols are combined, for example, in candy models of rabbits with nests full of eggs. Eggs, rabbits, hares and young animals are thought to represent the re-birth and return to fertility of nature in the spring.

About Easter Sunday in Other Countries

Read more about Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2017 Sun 16 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2018 Sun 1 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2019 Sun 21 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2020 Sun 12 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2021 Sun 4 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2022 Sun 17 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2023 Sun 9 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2024 Sun 31 Mar Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2025 Sun 20 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2026 Sun 5 Apr Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
2027 Sun 28 Mar Easter Sunday Observance, Christian

Easter Date Tables

This page shows the date of easter in the years 2001 to 2100. You can also get the dates for the previous 100 years and the next 100 years.You can also get a printable easter date worksheet for kids to work out the date of easter in any year at all.

Dates of Easter Sunday, By Year

 

April 15th, 2001 March 31st, 2002 April 20th, 2003 April 11th, 2004 March 27th, 2005
April 16th, 2006 April 8th, 2007 March 23rd, 2008 April 12th, 2009 April 4th, 2010
April 24th, 2011 April 8th, 2012 March 31st, 2013 April 20th, 2014 April 5th, 2015
March 27th, 2016 April 16th, 2017 April 1st, 2018 April 21st, 2019 April 12th, 2020
April 4th, 2021 April 17th, 2022 April 9th, 2023 March 31st, 2024 April 20th, 2025
April 5th, 2026 March 28th, 2027 April 16th, 2028 April 1st, 2029 April 21st, 2030
April 13th, 2031 March 28th, 2032 April 17th, 2033 April 9th, 2034 March 25th, 2035
April 13th, 2036 April 5th, 2037 April 25th, 2038 April 10th, 2039 April 1st, 2040
April 21st, 2041 April 6th, 2042 March 29th, 2043 April 17th, 2044 April 9th, 2045
March 25th, 2046 April 14th, 2047 April 5th, 2048 April 18th, 2049 April 10th, 2050
April 2nd, 2051 April 21st, 2052 April 6th, 2053 March 29th, 2054 April 18th, 2055
April 2nd, 2056 April 22nd, 2057 April 14th, 2058 March 30th, 2059 April 18th, 2060
April 10th, 2061 March 26th, 2062 April 15th, 2063 April 6th, 2064 March 29th, 2065
April 11th, 2066 April 3rd, 2067 April 22nd, 2068 April 14th, 2069 March 30th, 2070
April 19th, 2071 April 10th, 2072 March 26th, 2073 April 15th, 2074 April 7th, 2075
April 19th, 2076 April 11th, 2077 April 3rd, 2078 April 23rd, 2079 April 7th, 2080
March 30th, 2081 April 19th, 2082 April 4th, 2083 March 26th, 2084 April 15th, 2085
March 31st, 2086 April 20th, 2087 April 11th, 2088 April 3rd, 2089 April 16th, 2090
April 8th, 2091 March 30th, 2092 April 12th, 2093 April 4th, 2094 April 24th, 2095
April 15th, 2096 March 31st, 2097 April 20th, 2098 April 12th, 2099 March 28th, 2100

 

Years, By Easter Sunday’s Date

 

March 22nd
March 23rd 2008
March 24th
March 25th 2035, 2046
March 26th 2062, 2073, 2084
March 27th 2005, 2016
March 28th 2027, 2032, 2100
March 29th 2043, 2054, 2065
March 30th 2059, 2070, 2081, 2092
March 31st 2002, 2013, 2024, 2086, 2097
April 1st 2018, 2029, 2040
April 2nd 2051, 2056
April 3rd 2067, 2078, 2089
April 4th 2010, 2021, 2083, 2094
April 5th 2015, 2026, 2037, 2048
April 6th 2042, 2053, 2064
April 7th 2075, 2080
April 8th 2007, 2012, 2091
April 9th 2023, 2034, 2045
April 10th 2039, 2050, 2061, 2072
April 11th 2004, 2066, 2077, 2088
April 12th 2009, 2020, 2093, 2099
April 13th 2031, 2036
April 14th 2047, 2058, 2069
April 15th 2001, 2063, 2074, 2085, 2096
April 16th 2006, 2017, 2028, 2090
April 17th 2022, 2033, 2044
April 18th 2049, 2055, 2060
April 19th 2071, 2076, 2082
April 20th 2003, 2014, 2025, 2087, 2098
April 21st 2019, 2030, 2041, 2052
April 22nd 2057, 2068
April 23rd 2079
April 24th 2011, 2095
April 25th 2038

When Is Easter Sunday 2022?

Easter Sunday will occur on April 17, 2022. Easter Sunday is, of course, always on a Sunday, but the exact date varies each year depending on the moon’s position in early spring. We explain.Easter Bunny in a small basket looking at Easter Eggs.

Upcoming Dates For Easter

Year Date of Easter
2022 April 17
2023 April 9
2024 March 31
2025 April 20

Why Does Easter Fall On A Different Date Each Year?

Easter and other religious holidays related to it—Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and Good Friday—are called “moveable feasts.” This means that they are not fixed dates on the calendar. Instead, these holidays are assigned according to what’s called a lunisolar calendar, which aligns the moon’s phases as well as the sun’s position in the sky. (Passover and other Jewish holidays also adhere to the lunisolar calendar.)

How Is The Date Of Easter Determined?

According to a Fourth Century ruling, the date of Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first full Moon of spring. It occurs on or shortly after the spring equinox (also known as vernal equinox). March 22 is the earliest Easter can occur in any given year, and April 25 is the latest. If the first spring full Moon happens to fall on a Sunday, Easter Sunday will be observed on the following Sunday.

Full moon over Smoky Mountains and a forest.

Astronomers are able to tell us precisely when the Moon will perfectly oppose the Sun, which is when it is considered to be a “full.” However, the Church follows its own methodologies in determining when the Moon turns full. One important factor is something called the “Golden Number.” It is a rather arcane series of computations that in the end provides a date for Easter. Of course, on occasion, the date for the full Moon does not exactly line up with the date that is provided by astronomy.

Easter Weather

Pretty sky with sun shining behind clouds giving off purple and pink hues.

Be sure to check out our Easter weekend forecast here!

Easter Flowers

Easter flower bouquet with a yellow Easter Egg.

Want to make an Easter bouquet? Take a look at these 9 Popular Easter Flowers and What They Symbolize.

Have a potted Easter lily and want to know how best to care for it? Review this article: Caring For Your Potted Easter Lily.

Easter Traditions

Dyed Easter eggs on table in variety of colors next to coloring jars.

What is Easter Sunday?

Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday (modern Greek icon)Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday (modern Greek icon)

According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion on Good Friday. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday (also called Easter Day, Resurrection Day, Resurrection Sunday, Pascha or simply Easter).

The earliest possible date for Easter Sunday is March 22, the latest possible date is April 25.

Further reading: Easter on Wikipedia

When is Easter Sunday 2023?

Easter Sunday 2023 is on Sunday, April 9, 2023 (in 376 days).  Calendar for 2023

Dates for Easter Sunday from 2017 to 2027

The next occurrence of Easter Sunday is marked in red.

When is …? Date Day of the week Days away
Easter Sunday 2017 April 16, 2017 Sunday 1808 days ago
Easter Sunday 2018 April 1, 2018 Sunday 1458 days ago
Easter Sunday 2019 April 21, 2019 Sunday 1073 days ago
Easter Sunday 2020 April 12, 2020 Sunday 716 days ago
Easter Sunday 2021 April 4, 2021 Sunday 359 days ago
Easter Sunday 2022 April 17, 2022 Sunday in 19 days
Easter Sunday 2023 April 9, 2023 Sunday in 376 days
Easter Sunday 2024 March 31, 2024 Sunday in 733 days
Easter Sunday 2025 April 20, 2025 Sunday in 1118 days
Easter Sunday 2026 April 5, 2026 Sunday in 1468 days
Easter Sunday 2027 March 28, 2027 Sunday in 1825 days

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