10th May 2016

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 Easter Day
6 weeks 4 days Ash Wednesday
3 weeks Mothering Sunday
2 weeks Passion Sunday
1 week Palm Sunday
3 days Maunday Thursday
2 days Good Friday
1 day Holy Saturday
0 Easter Day
4 weeks Rogation Sunday
5 weeks 4 days Ascension Day (Thursday)
6 weeks Ascension Sunday
7 weeks Whit Sunday (Pentecost)
8 weeks Trinity Sunday

Days not related to Easter & Saints’ Days

Date Event / Saint’s Day Comment
6 January Epiphany
25 January Conversion of St Paul
2 February Candlemas Presentation of Christ at the Temple
5 February St Agatha Patron Saint of bell ringers (and breast cancer sufferers)
1 March St David
17 March St Patrick
25 March The Annunciation
23 April St George
25 April St Mark
1 May St James the Lesser Apostle
1 May St Philip Apostle
18 May St Dunstan Patron Saint of bell ringers, Archbishop of Canterbury 960-988
29 June St Peter Apostle
3 July St Thomas Apostle
25 July St James the Greater Apostle
24 August St Bartholomew Apostle
21 September St Matthew
29 September St Michael
18 October St Luke
28 October St Jude (Thadeus) Apostle
28 October St Simon Apostle
1 November All Saints
30 November St Andrew
4th Sunday before Christmas Advent
4 December St Barbara Patron Saint of bell founders and bell ringers (and many others)
25 December Christmas
26 December St Stephen
27 December St John


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