Notable Church Festivals

Days related to Easter

Easter is a ‘moveable feast’, whose date varies. The Western church uses the date established by the First Council of Nicaea, which is the first Sunday after the (Paschal) full moon following the northern hemisphere’s (ecclesiastical) vernal equinox. As a result the date of Easter varies between March 22 and April 25. See the Easter Date Calculator.

The days in the table below are all related to Easter:

Before/After EasterDay
6 weeks 4 daysAsh Wednesday
3 weeksMothering Sunday
2 weeksPassion Sunday
1 weekPalm Sunday
3 daysMaundy Thursday
2 daysGood Friday
1 dayHoly Saturday
Easter Day
4 weeksRogation Sunday
5 weeks 4 daysAscension Day (Thursday)
6 weeksAscension Sunday
7 weeksWhit Sunday (Pentecost)
8 weeksTrinity Sunday

Days not related to Easter & Saints’ Days

6 JanuaryEpiphany
25 JanuaryConversion of St Paul
2 FebruaryCandlemasPresentation of Christ at the Temple
5 FebruarySt AgathaPatron Saint of bell ringers (and breast cancer sufferers)
1 MarchSt David
17 MarchSt Patrick
25 MarchThe Annunciation
23 AprilSt George
25 AprilSt Mark
1 MaySt James the LesserApostle
1 MaySt PhilipApostle
18 MaySt DunstanPatron Saint of bell ringers, Archbishop of Canterbury 960-988
29 JuneSt PeterApostle
3 JulySt ThomasApostle
25 JulySt James the GreaterApostle
24 AugustSt BartholomewApostle
21 SeptemberSt Matthew
29 SeptemberSt Michael
18 OctoberSt Luke
28 OctoberSt Jude (Thadeus)Apostle
28 OctoberSt SimonApostle
1 NovemberAll Saints
30 NovemberSt Andrew
4th Sunday before ChristmasAdvent
4 DecemberSt BarbaraPatron Saint of bell founders and bell ringers (and many others)
25 DecemberChristmas
26 DecemberSt Stephen
27 DecemberSt John