Easter Date 2023

Jesus on a cross in a bloodied loincloth with a sign INRI above his head and a blue sky in the background.

We are often asked ‘when is Easter this year?’

Easter Sunday for 2023 is 9th April.

As you know, Easter is a movable feast and the date changes every year. This is because the date is determined by the Paschal Full Moon, also known as the first full moon after the spring equinox date.

Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon and Good Friday is the Friday following the Paschal Full Moon.

For thousands of years, mathematicians and astronomers have tried to maintain the same season of the year and the same relationship to the preceding astronomical full moon that occurred at the time of Jesus’s resurrection in 30 A.D. Both the Julian and the Gregorian calendars aimed to do this.

This is important for all the Passion Plays that tell the Gospel story of Jesus Christ’s life and death every Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Free, live performances of the Easter story every year!


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You can see Easter dates 2020 to 2050 here:

Easter dates 2023 to 2030 are listed alongside Good Friday dates.


You can even see a list of Easter dates from 2000 to 2099 if you are interested!


Easter dates 2020 to 2050 are listed in four columns.

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