When Is Easter? 2020 Easter Sunday Dates

The Easter dates supplied below are dates used by the western Christian churches.

YearAsh WednesdayPalm SundayGood FridayEaster Sunday
2020 February 26 April 5, 2020 April 10, 2020 April 12, 2020
2021 February 17 March 28, 2021 April 2, 2021 April 4, 2021
2022 March 2 April 10, 2022 April 15, 2022 April 17, 2022

Today in Western Christianity, Easter Day is always celebrated on the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year. The early church fathers wished to keep Easter Sunday in correlation with the Jewish Passover. Because the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ occurred after the Passover, they wanted Easter Sunday to always be celebrated following the Passover. So, since the Jewish calendar is comprised on solar and lunar cycles, each Easter day is movable, with variable Easter dates each year.

The celebration of Passover took place just prior to the Crucifixion & Resurrection of Christ, the two holidays have been intertwined from the outset in the word Pasch, which originally meant Passover, arose to mean Easter as well.

Passover, which is Pesach in Hebrew, the holiday celebrating the Hebrews exodus from slavery in Egypt, lasts 7 days in Israel and amongst reform Jews, and 8 days else where around the world. It begins on the fifthteenth day of Nisan, which is the 7th month of the Jewish calendar. It concludes on the 21st of Nisan in Israel, and on the 22nd of Nisan elsewhere. Since Hebrew days commence and conclude at sundown, Passover begins at sundown on the day before.

How is Easter calculated? By the first Sunday after the paschal full moon which occurs on or after the vernal equinox. When the full moon falls on a Sunday, then Easter is on the following Sunday. The Easter holiday can occur anywhere between March 22 and April 25.

The Western church does not use the de facto, or astronomically accurate date for the vernal equinox, but by a fixed date of March 21. And by full moon it does not entail the astronomical full moon, but the "ecclesiastical moon," which is supported by tables created by the church. The calendar allows the date of Easter to be calculated in advance, rather than being ascertained by actual astronomical observances, which are less predictable.

Now you know, when is Easter, the Easter dates for the coming year, how the date of Easter is determined each year, and when is Easter Sunday.

Starting a personal relationship with Jesus has nothing to do with religion or being religious. It is all about having a Relationship with your Heavenly Father who created you. If you have not started a relationship with your creator, and are just not sure, take a good look around you, look in depth at everything he created, look at yourself, at your fingerprint, he made you unique, one of a kind, and wants you to know his great love for you. Anyone can have a religion and be religious, but you are offered, by grace, a loving relationship, and a free ticket to heaven simply by asking. Easter is the perfect time to be refreshed and start things anew. When is Easter going to arise in you?

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