Easter Sunday Holiday
Consuming as much chocolate as possible has become a favourite Easter tradition.
But the date we tuck into our eggs in 2022 will fall later in April than last year, as the Easter weekend varies annually.
The date of Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon – following the spring equinox in March.
This also affects the two Easter bank holidays dates for 2022.
If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday.
So, when is Good Friday and Easter Monday? This is all you need to know.
When is Good Friday?
The dates of Easter Sunday, and therefore Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday, vary each year due to Easter always falling on the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the spring equinox.
The spring equinox always takes place on 21 March.
Equinoxes occur twice a year and are the point when the northern and southern hemispheres experience roughly the same amount of day and night as each other.
This year, the first full moon after Monday, 21 March is Sunday, 10 April – therefore Easter Sunday lands on Sunday, 17 April in 2022.
Good Friday – the day Jesus’ crucifiction is commemorated – will land on 15 April.
The Bank Holiday weekend is falling later this year than in 2021 – all because of the sun and moon cycle (image: Shutterstock)
When is Easter Monday?
Easter Monday holds religious significance for Christians, as it follows Easter Sunday, the day Jesus Christ was resurrected following his crucifixion on Good Friday.
This year Easter Monday will be observed on 18 April.
It is believed that Jesus remained on earth for 40 days after his resurrection, and during this time he appeared to believers, healed the sick and spread the word of God.
The acts he carried out during this period are thought to have helped establish the first church. After the 40 days ended, Christians believe that he ascended into heaven.
The Bible itself does not say anything about what happened on Easter Monday, after Jesus’ resurrection, and it also doesn’t specifically instruct Christians to celebrate the Monday following Easter Sunday.
But across the globe, different cultures celebrate the day for different reasons. For some it’s a more solemn remembrance of Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection, which is marked with an outdoor procession.
For others there’s a more playful element to celebrating the day, like holding Easter egg-rolling competitions. Rolling Easter eggs is traditionally meant to symbolise the rolling of the stone from the tomb where Jesus was held.
Will 2022 have an extra bank holiday?
It was announced in November last year that in 2022 we will get to enjoy an extra bank holiday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The government said in a statement that the UK would celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch with “a blockbuster weekend of celebrations”.
The Spring bank holiday will be shifted to Thursday, 2 June and an additional bank holiday on Friday, 3 June will usher in a four day weekend to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
The Platinum Jubilee is the first time any British monarch has reached this milestone.
Bank holidays in England and Wales in 2022
These are the remaining bank holidays for England and Wales in 2022:
- Friday 15 April, Good Friday
- Monday 18 April, Easter Monday
- Monday 2 May, Early May bank holiday
- Thursday 2 June, Spring bank holiday
- Friday 3 June, Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
- Monday 29 August, Summer bank holiday
- Monday 26 December, Boxing Day
- Tuesday 27 December, Christmas Day (substitute day)
When is Easter Weekend 2022?
What is Easter Weekend?
The Easter Weekend consists of Holy Saturday (sometimes known as Easter Eve or Black Saturday) and Easter Sunday (also called Easter Day or simply Easter, and sometimes referred to as Resurrection Day, Resurrection Sunday, or Pascha).
Holy Saturday is the last day of Lent and also the last day of Holy Week, the week in which Christians prepare for the Easter festivities. It commemorates the one full day that Jesus Christ’s body laid in the tomb. It should not be confused with Easter Saturday, as, correctly applied, the term ‘Easter Saturday’ is used to refer to the Saturday in Easter Week (ie. the Saturday after Easter Sunday, not the Saturday before Easter Sunday).
Easter Sunday is the day on which, according to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose again from the grave after his crucifixion on Good Friday. Easter Sunday celebrates his resurrection and is the oldest and most important festival of the Western Christian year. It is the culmination of Holy Week (but not part of it) and the first day of the Easter Week as well as the first day of Eastertide.
The Friday preceding the Easter Weekend, Good Friday, is a public holiday in some countries with Christian traditions, and the Monday following the Easter Weekend, Easter Monday, is a public holiday in most Christian countries, thus creating an extra long weekend. Both days are not federal holidays in the United States, but are state holidays in some states.
When is Easter Weekend 2023?
Dates for Easter Weekend from 2017 to 2027
The next occurrence of Easter Weekend is marked in red.
|Year||Easter Weekend starts on||Easter Weekend ends on|
|Easter Weekend 2017||Saturday, April 15, 2017||Sunday, April 16, 2017|
|Easter Weekend 2018||Saturday, March 31, 2018||Sunday, April 1, 2018|
|Easter Weekend 2019||Saturday, April 20, 2019||Sunday, April 21, 2019|
|Easter Weekend 2020||Saturday, April 11, 2020||Sunday, April 12, 2020|
|Easter Weekend 2021||Saturday, April 3, 2021||Sunday, April 4, 2021|
|Easter Weekend 2022||Saturday, April 16, 2022||Sunday, April 17, 2022|
|Easter Weekend 2023||Saturday, April 8, 2023||Sunday, April 9, 2023|
|Easter Weekend 2024||Saturday, March 30, 2024||Sunday, March 31, 2024|
|Easter Weekend 2025||Saturday, April 19, 2025||Sunday, April 20, 2025|
|Easter Weekend 2026||Saturday, April 4, 2026||Sunday, April 5, 2026|
|Easter Weekend 2027||Saturday, March 27, 2027||Sunday, March 28, 2027|
When is Easter 2022? Dates of Good Friday and Easter Sunday in 2022
As warmer weather finally arrives in the UK with the onset of spring, many of us are looking forward to the Easter holidays in 2022.
The Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion in Jerusalem is one which has been observed for centuries, with traditions gradually changing across the decades.
In the 21st century, Christians across the world celebrate Easter by trading chocolate Easter eggs, attending mass on Easter Sunday and indulging in temptations given up during lent.
Here’s when Easter and the easter weekend will fall this year – and why Easter and Good Friday are slightly later in 2022.
When did Lent start in 2022?
Lent for the year 2022 began on Wednesday March 2 and will end on Thursday April 14 with evening mass on Holy Thursday.
The 40 day observed festival sees many Christians across the world decide to give something up for the duration of lent to pay tribute to Jesus Christ’s sacrifice in the days leading up to his death and resurrection.
Traditionally, Christians would fast or observe abstinence throughout the 40 days of lent, repenting and reflecting on their sins, as well as resisting temptation – as Jesus did during his 40 days of fasting and prayer during the desert before dying on the cross, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Lent begins on the day known as Ash Wednesday, which is still commonly observed in the Western world with priests marking the foreheads of mass attendees with ash in the shape of a cross as they recite the dictum: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
These ashes are derived by burning palm leaves used in the previous year’s Palm Sunday rites.
Its final week, known as Holy Week, begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Holy or Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday.
The end of lent on Holy Thursday is followed by Good Friday – in which Christians often exchange hot cross buns to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion by the Romans following his sentencing by Pontius Pilate.
When is Easter 2022?
Easter Sunday will fall on Sunday April 17 in 2022.
The Sunday holiday dedicated to Easter celebrations can take place any time between March 22 and April 25 in accordance with lunar patterns and the ecclesiastical calendar.
Easter can be celebrated between 22 March and 25 April due to a set of calculations based on observations of the moon using the Church’s ecclesiastical calendar.
A Christian holiday, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon – Paschal – that occurs on or after the spring equinox.
The spring equinox is when day and night are the same length and occurs each year and is set on 21 March in the ecclesiastical calendar, even if this differs from the astronomical date.
In 2021, the first full moon after the spring equinox is scheduled for Sunday 28 March, meaning Easter will be celebrated the following Sunday on 4 April.
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Why is Easter so late in 2022?
With Easter Sunday falling on Sunday April 4 in 2021, this year’s Easter Sunday on April 17 is taking place later than usual.
This is due to the fact that it falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon (known as the ‘Paschal’) after the spring equinox.
This year’s Easter Sunday is the latest it has fallen in the Western Gregorian calendar for three years, having fallen on April 21 in 2019.
In 1943, however, Easter Sunday did not arrive until on Sunday April 25 – as the last ecclesiastical full moon preceding the Paschal did not take place until Saturday March 20.
Only in 2038, in 16 years’ time and 95 years since 1943’s Easter, will we see Easter Sunday fall this late again.
But Easter dates can also differ depending on whether it is being worshipped according to the Gregorian calendar or the Julian calendar – used by Eastern Orthodox Christians.
The 13 day gap between these two calendars means that dates can vastly differ, with the Eastern (Julian) Easter Sunday taking place on Sunday April 24 in 2022.
When is the Easter bank holiday in 2022?
To follow the Easter Sunday, many Brits will be able to enjoy a day off on the Easter bank holiday, which falls on the Monday after Easter Sunday.
This means that in 2022, the Easter bank holiday will fall on Monday April 18.
For some areas in Scotland, such as Edinburgh, children will likely already be on holiday during this period.
But for pupils in England, many of whom are due to return to school on April 18, will get an additional day off for Easter Monday’s bank holiday.
Conversely, Good Friday, held as part of the extended Easter weekend, is only observed as a bank holiday in Scotland.