When is Easter 2022? Dates for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Lent in 2022 – and why Easter is so late this year
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The Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion in Jerusalem has been observed for centuries, with traditions gradually changing over the decades.
In the 21st century, Christians around the world celebrate Easter by exchanging chocolate easter eggsattend Mass on Easter Sunday and indulge in the temptations abandoned during Lent.
Here’s when Easter and Easter weekend will fall this year – and why Easter and Good Friday are a little later in 2022.
When did Lent start in 2022?
Lent for the year 2022 began on Wednesday March 2 and will end on Thursday April 14 with the evening mass of Maundy Thursday.
The observed 40-day festival sees many Christians around the world deciding to give something during the Lenten period to honor the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the days leading up to his death and resurrection.
Traditionally, Christians fasted or observed abstinence throughout the 40 days of Lent, repenting and reflecting on their sins, as well as resisting temptation – as Jesus did during his 40 days of fasting and prayer during the desert before dying on the cross, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Lent begins on the day known as Ash Wednesday, which is still commonly observed in the Western world with priests marking the foreheads of Mass attendees with ashes in the shape of a cross as they recite the saying: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.”
These ashes are obtained by burning palm fronds used in the Palm Sunday rites of the previous year.
Its final week, known as Holy Week, begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Maundy or Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday.
The end of Lent on Maundy Thursday is followed by Good Friday – during which Christians often exchange hot bread rolls to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus by the Romans after his condemnation by Pontius Pilate.
When is Easter 2022?
Easter Sunday will fall on Sunday April 17 in 2022.
The Sunday feast devoted to Easter celebrations can take place anytime between March 22 and April 25 in accordance with lunar patterns and the ecclesiastical calendar.
Easter can be celebrated between March 22 and April 25 through a set of calculations based on moon sightings using the Church’s ecclesiastical calendar.
A Christian holiday, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon – Paschal – which occurs on or after the vernal equinox.
The vernal equinox is when day and night are the same length and occurs every year and is fixed on March 21 in the ecclesiastical calendar, although this differs from the astronomical date.
In 2021, the first full moon after the vernal equinox is scheduled for Sunday, March 28, which means Easter will be celebrated the following Sunday, April 4.
Why is Easter so late in 2022?
With Easter Sunday falling on Sunday April 4 in 2021, this year’s Easter Sunday, April 17, falls later than usual.
This is because it falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon (called “Paschal”) after the vernal equinox.
This year’s Easter Sunday is the last to fall on the Western Gregorian calendar for three years, having fallen on April 21 in 2019.
In 1943, however, Easter Sunday did not come until Sunday, April 25 – the last ecclesiastical full moon before Passover did not occur until Saturday, March 20.
It is not until 2038, 16 years and 95 years from Easter in 1943, that we will see Easter Sunday fall so late again.
But the dates of Easter can also differ depending on whether they are worshiped according to the Gregorian calendar or the Julian calendar – used by Eastern Orthodox Christians.
The 13-day gap between these two calendars means that the dates can be very different, with Eastern (Julian) Easter Sunday taking place on Sunday April 24 in 2022.
When is the Easter holiday in 2022?
To follow Easter Sunday, many Britons will be able to take a day off on the Easter bank holiday, which falls on the Monday after Easter Sunday.
This means that in 2022, the Easter holiday will fall on Monday, April 18.
For certain areas of Scotland, such as Edinburghthe children will probably already be on vacation during this period.
But for pupils in England, many of whom are due to return to school on April 18, will get an extra day off for the Easter Monday bank holiday.
Conversely, Good Friday, held as part of the long Easter weekend, is only observed as a public holiday in Scotland.