Monday, May 8, 2017
What is the earliest and latest date that Lent or Easter can start?

For those looking to plan ahead, here is a list of all of the upcoming dates for movable major Catholic feastdays and seasons until the year 2050.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter. Since Sundays are not fast days, there are 40 days of traditional fasting and penance in Lent that leads up to Easter.

The earliest Easter can be is March 22 as it was last in 1818 and will be next in 2285. Ash Wednesday would be on February 4 in that case.

The latest Easter can be is April 25 as it was last in 1943 and will be next in 2038. Ash Wednesday would be on March 10. 

Therefore, the earliest Lent can start is February 4 and the latest it can start is March 10.

Be sure to prepare for the Traditional Lenten Fast!

2 comment(s):

del_button February 24, 2020 at 8:47 AM
Unknown said...

So "Christmastide", observed by some to end on Candlemas (2nd Feb) and the start of "Eastertide" (Ash Wednesday) can be a single day apart with a 22nd March Easter Sunday?

del_button February 24, 2020 at 10:29 AM
Matthew said...

It would not be "Eastertide". Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent. The Easter Season starts with Easter Sunday.

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