List of dates for Easter

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Dates for Easter in the past and coming 20 years
(1996–2036 in Gregorian dates)
Year Western Eastern
1996 April 7 April 14
1997 March 30 April 27
1998 April 12 April 19
1999 April 4 April 11
2000 April 23 April 30
2001 April 15
2002 March 31 May 5
2003 April 20 April 27
2004 April 11
2005 March 27 May 1
2006 April 16 April 23
2007 April 8
2008 March 23 April 27
2009 April 12 April 19
2010 April 4
2011 April 24
2012 April 8 April 15
2013 March 31 May 5
2014 April 20
2015 April 5 April 12
2016 March 27 May 1
2017 April 16
2018 April 1 April 8
2019 April 21 April 28
2020 April 12 April 19
2021 April 4 May 2
2022 April 17 April 24
2023 April 9 April 16
2024 March 31 May 5
2025 April 20
2026 April 5 April 12
2027 March 28 May 2
2028 April 16
2029 April 1 April 8
2030 April 21 April 28
2031 April 13
2032 March 28 May 2
2033 April 17 April 24
2034 April 9
2035 March 25 April 29
2036 April 13 April 20

Earliest Easter[edit]

Western/Gregorian

In 1818 the Paschal Full Moon fell on Saturday March 21 (the equinox). Therefore, the following day, March 22, was Easter. It will not fall as early again until 2285 - a span of 467 years. A notably early, but not as such, Easter between 1818 and 2285 was 2008's Easter - March 23. Before then, it last occurred that early in 1913, and will occur again in 2160, a 95 and 152-year gap, respectively.

Orthodox/ Julian

The earliest dates for Orthodox Easter between 1875 and 2099 are, 22 March 1915 and 22 March 2010. Both dates are equivalent to April 4 in the Gregorian Calendar.

Latest Easter[edit]

Western/Gregorian

In 1943 Easter fell on Sunday, April 25. The ecclesiastical full moon didn't occur until Saturday, March 20; because it came before the vernal equinox, the paschal full moon didn't happen until Sunday, April 18. Consequently, Easter was the following Sunday (April 25). Easter will not fall as late again until 2038—a span of 95 years. The second latest date for Easter, April 24, occurred in 2011. The latter occurred in 1859 and will not happen again until 2095—152 and 84 years, respectively.

Orthodox/Julian

The latest dates for Orthodox Easter between 1875 and 2099 are, 25 April 1983 and 25 April 2078. Both dates are equivalent to May 8 in the Gregorian Calendar.

Western and Orthodox Easter on the same date[edit]

Despite using calendars that are apart by 13 days, Easter 2014 fell on the same date. According to the Western (Gregorian) calendar, the first Paschal Full Moon after the Spring Equinox (March 21) fell on Monday, April 14, 2014. The following Sunday, April 20, was therefore Easter Day.

According to the Orthodox (Julian) calendar (which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar) the Spring Equinox also falls on March 21. However, in the Gregorian Calendar this is April 3. The first Orthodox Full Moon after the Equinox falls on (Julian) Tuesday April 2, 2014 (Gregorian April 15). The following Sunday, (Julian) April 7, is therefore Easter Day (Gregorian April 20).

Range of dates for Western and Orthodox Easter[edit]

Both calendars (Gregorian and Julian) calculate Easter as falling on dates between March 22 and April 25. However, because of the 13-day difference, any member of an Orthodox church would observe that the Western Easter falls between March 9 and April 12 on the Julian calendar. Conversely, any member of a Western church would observe that Orthodox Easter falls between April 4 and May 8 on the Gregorian calendar.

Beginning March 14, 2100 (Gregorian = February 29 Julian), the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars will increase to 14 days.

Bank holidays[edit]

In UK, Easter comprises two bank holidays, Good Friday and Easter Monday. In 2000 not only was it the turn of the new Millennium, but the May Day bank holiday was one week after Easter Monday, causing there to be 3 consecutive weeks with a bank holiday.

The accompanying table provides both sets of dates, for recent decades and forthcoming years - see the Computus article for more details on the calculation.

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