When is Easter Sunday and why does it seem to come so late this year? Easter for the year 2014 is on Sunday, April 20, which is later than it has been in the past few years. Last year Easter fell on March 31. According to the Christian Post on April 5, while Easter Sunday is later this year, it can be fall weeks earlier and this all depends on the moon.
Easter will be celebrated on April 20, for 2014, but in the next several years Easter will occur as much as three weeks early than this year's April 20, date. Here are the dates for Easter for a seven year period. Look at how it appears to jump all over the place.
Easter Sunday dates:
• 2014: April 20, 2014
• 2015: April 5, 2015
• 2016: March 27, 2016
• 2017: April 16, 2017
• 2018: April 1, 2018
• 2019: April 21, 2019
• 2020: April 12, 2020
In the year 2016 Easter Sunday falls on March 27, that is early and if you live anywhere in the north, it is still fairly chilly around that time in March. This year’s Easter Sunday will come during the latter part of April, so chances that most folks in the nation will have a warm spring holiday are good.
Why does Easter’s date change?
Easter is celebrated on the Sunday that immediately follows the Paschal Full Moon date of the year. This means that Easter can fall on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.
The Paschal Full moon can fall two days away from the actual full moon, giving the Paschal Full Moon a date range between March 21 and April 18. Calculating Easter is not the easiest thing to do, so thankfully there are calendars set up for the years to come so it makes it easy to pinpoint the dates for the future.
Other important dates for the Easter holiday:
Palm Sunday is April 13, 2014
Good Friday is April 18, 2014.
Palm Sunday is always the Sunday before Easter and Good Friday is what the Friday before Easter is called.