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Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Easter Dates

Which Years between 2011-2041 do the Eastern and Western Churches of Christianity fall on the same Dates?

Helpful Guide for those Ex-Pats who are living in,

Or who are holidaying in Crete, Greece or Cyprus

During this Important Religious Festival


Front Facade Picture Agios Nikolaos Cathedral

To help plan your Easter, this page is a useful tool for the period up to 2041 to know when the Greek Orthodox Church(Eastern Church) Easter coincides with the Easter dates of the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Free Churches (Western Churches). Often they don't. How did the inconsistency in annual Easter dates happen? It is a long and complex story. In brief, the date for Easter Sunday for the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches is based on the Gregorian calendar which is the one used in most of the western world today. The Orthodox Churches retain what used to be the universal calendar known as the Julian Calendar that dominated the world for hundreds of years. The Synod (governing body) of the Greek Orthodox Church tried to streamline the Julian calendar in 1923 but to this day there is disagreement within the church hierarchy over its usage, as an unnecessary compromise to match the Catholic imposed Gregorian dates that we use today.

 

 


The table below focusses on Easter Sunday as the chosen day for the date proper. Good Friday will of course be two days before and Easter Monday the next day after the dates shown below.

Easter Dates 2011-2041

Year

Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday

Roman Catholic, Protestant Churches Easter Sunday

2011 April 24, 2011 April 24, 2011
2012 April 15, 2012 April 08, 2012
2013 May 5, 2013 March 31, 2013
2014 April 20, 2014 April 20, 2014
2015 April 12, 2015 April 05, 2015
2016 May 01, 2016 March 27, 2016
2017 April 16, 2017 April 16, 2017
2018 April 08, 2018 April 01, 2018
2019 April 28, 2019 April 21, 2019
2020 April 19, 2020 April 12, 2020
2021 May 02, 2021 April 04, 2021
2022 April 24, 2022 April 17, 2022
2023 April 16, 2023 April 09, 2023
2024 May 05, 2024 March 30, 2024
2025 April 20, 2025 April 20, 2025
2026 April 05, 2026 April 12, 2026
2027 May 02, 2027 March 28, 2027
2028 April 16, 2028 April 16, 2028
2029 April 8, 2029 April 1, 2029
2030 April 28, 2030 April 28, 2030
2031 April 13, 2031 April 13, 2031
2032 May 02, 2032 March 28, 2032
2033 April 24, 2033 April 17, 2033
2034 April 09, 2034 April 09, 2034
2035 April 29, 2035 March 25, 2035
2036 April 20, 2036 April 13, 2036
2037 April 05, 2037 April 05, 2037
2038 April 25, 2038 April 25, 2038
2039 April 17, 2039 April 10, 2039
2040 May 06, 2040 April 1, 2040
2041 April 21, 2041 April 21, 2041
     
  Greece Public Holidays 2021, Greece Public Holidays 2022 Greek Cypriot Public Holidays 2021, Greek Cypriot Public Holidays 2022

Note: Photograph at page top is a view of the front entrance mural of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Aghios Nikolaos, Lassithi, Greece. Copyright: BritsinCrete.Net .

Just a thought - Those Easter weekend dates that do not coincide means that if you are in Crete, Greece, Cyprus and any of the other mentioned countries where Orthodoxy is the main religion, you (as a non-Orthodox adherent) will celebrate two Easter holidays.

 Peeling of the Easter Sunday morning cathedral bells -> Click to Hear -> You Tube)

In the Orthodox world, Easter is the most important religious observance in the Ecclesiastical calendar. Dates that apply to Crete, Greece and Cyprus and vast Greek Diaspora also apply to other national Orthodox congregations. Such Orthodox ecclesiastical communities are to be found in:

  • the Albanian Orthodox Church,
  • Armenian Orthodox Church,
  • Belorussian Orthodox Church
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church,
  • Georgian Orthodox Church,
  • Macedonian Orthodox Church,
  • Montenegrin Orthodox Church,
  • Romanian Orthodox Church,
  • Russian Orthodox Church
  • Serbian Orthodox Church,
  • and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Patron Saint of these churches is St John of Damascus. They basically follow the same beliefs, teachings and dogma as the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece and Cyprus operating under the Arch Diocese of Constantinople. They are all equally pious. They take Easter very seriously. Outsiders should show the greatest respect over the long weekend to practitioners of the Orthodox religion especially on Good Friday and before the evening church services on Easter Saturday.

There are significant numbers of faithful followers of the Orthodox Church in Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Bosnia, Croatia, Turkmenistan, Ethiopia (especially the capital Addis Ababa (80%), Eritrea, Egypt (Coptic), Lebanon, Syria, and less so in Sudan, Kerala State India, Uzbekistan and other countries notably in the West (Canada, USA, Australia etc).

Words related to Easter you will hear across the Greek Orthodox Diaspora:

  • Kalo Pascha = Κάλω Πάσχα = Happy Easter
  • Kyriaki tou Pascha = Κυριακή του Ράσχα = Easter Sunday
  • Nistia = Νηστείας = Fasting (for Lent)
  • Megali Evdomada = Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα = Holy Week
  • Megali Pempti = Μεγάλη Πέμπτη = Holy Thursday
  • Megali Paraskevi = Μεγάλη Παρασκευή = Good Friday
  • Pascha = Πάσχα = Easter
  • Sarakosti = Μεγάλη Σαρακοστή = Lent

If you happen to be in Crete, Greece or Cyprus over Orthodox Easter remember to wish friends and any Greek relatives "Chronia Polla" - meaning Best Wishes and "Kalo Pascha". 

Happy Easter on Easter Sunday.
Christos Anesti - Christ is Risen!

 

 

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