When is Easter in 2015?
The dates of Easter are tied to the full Moon and the vernal equinox (not the civil calendar).
- Christian churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, such as many Western Christian churches, celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after the paschal full Moon on or just after the vernal equinox. For simplicity, the equinox is considered March 21. The paschal full Moon always falls on the 14th day of a lunar month; because ancient calculations did not take into account certain lunar motions, this date may be slightly off from the astronomical full Moon date.
- Certain Christian churches, such as many Eastern Orthodox churches, follow the Julian calendar, either for movable feasts or for all religious observances. Due to these different methods of calculation, various Christian denominations may celebrate the feast on different days.
- In Christian churches that follow the Gregorian calendar for determining the date of Easter, the observance can never occur before March 22 or after April 25. In Christian churches that follow the Julian calendar for determining the date of Easter, the observance can occur between April 4 and May 8 (using Gregorian calendar dates).
Easter Dates 2014
|2012||April 8||April 15|
|2013||March 31||May 5|
|2014||April 20||April 20|
|2015||April 5||April 12|
What is the Golden Number?
It’s a number in the 19-year cycle of the Moon. (The Moon repeats the dates of its phases approximately every 19 years.) Add 1 to any given year and divide the result by 19; the remainder is the Golden Number. If there is no remainder, the Golden Number is 19. The Golden Number is used in calculations for determining the date of Easter.
Happy Easter from The Old Farmer's Almanac!