Easter Sunday Calculator
Want to know the date Easter fell on in a particular year? Enter the year to find the date for Easter.
Easter falls on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year. Before 325 A. D.. Easter was celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox on 21st March.
This calculator uses the Gregorian calendar. Be aware of when the calendar was changed from Julian to Gregorian in the country for which you are performing the calculation and make any necessary adjustment. See the change from Julian to Gregorian calendar by country.
For those wishing accurate Julian Calendar days, there is a standard reference book which has been used by historians and academics all over the world for 60 years - A Handbook of Dates: For Students of British History
Genealogy Uses for the Easter Calculator
- An old photograph or document or news article that is only dated Easter of a particular year can be exactly dated using the Easter
- Old Catholic rules did not allow marriages during Lent. According to the
Catholic Encyclopedia of 1914, the "season of Lent is a forbidden time for marriages". While Vatican II (1962 -1965) eased up these rules for today, we need to refer to the rules that were in place when our ancestors were married. By knowing the exact date for Easter (and the 40 days of Lent before) can help pinpoint when a marriage would not have taken place.
Check on the marriage rules in place for the religion of your ancestor.
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