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Palm Sunday Calendar

Palm Sunday - 14 April (Western Christianity) & 21 April (Eastern Christianity)

Religious festivals commemorate special moments in every religion’s calendar. Christians annually celebrate Palm Sunday – an important event in the life of Jesus Christ, with prayers and joyful celebrations.

When is Palm Sunday 2019?

This year’s Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week 2019. As the dates of Holy Week days are depended on the ecclesiastical full moon, so Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast – means it is celebrated on different dates every year.

The 2019 Palm Sunday dates are:

  • Sunday, 14 April (Western Christianity) – (Roman Catholic)
  • Sunday, 21 April (Eastern Christianity) – (Greek, Orthodox, Coptic)

Palm Sunday 2019 Dates

What is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. It is the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Good Friday and Easter. The day commemorates Jesus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, who went there to join the Passover festivities.

Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, on this Sunday of Holy Week. The news that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem spread like fire in the city. People were already aware of His amazing miracles and teachings, so they cut palm branches and ran to see Him.

As He entered the city of Jerusalem, a huge crowd welcomed Him by spreading their cloaks and palm branches on the road ahead of him, and yelled: “Hosanna to the Son of David”

The event of Palm Sunday was predicted 500-years earlier by prophet Zechariah. With the advent of Palm Sunday, Jesus set in motion the events leading to His Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection.

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What are Palm Sunday Dates?

As Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter. So its dates differ every year due to Easter (which is celebrated on the first Sunday that comes after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after March 21st).

In Western Christianity, the date of Palm Sunday is based on the Gregorian Calendar, while the Julian Calendar is the medium for Palm Sunday date calculations in Eastern Christianity.

The use of two different calendars, Gregorian and Julian, mostly results in two different dates of Palm Sunday; one for Catholic – one for Orthodox.

This table compares the dates of Catholic and Orthodox Palm Sunday for the years 2010 to 2030.

 

Year Catholic Palm Sunday Orthodox Palm Sunday
2010 March 28
2011 March 17
2012 April 1 April 8
2013 March 24 April 28
2014 April 13
2015 March 29 April 5
2016 March 20 April 24
2017 April 9
2018 March 25 April 1
2019 14 April 21 April
2020 5 April 12 April
2021 28 March 25 April
2022 10 April 17 April
2023 2 April 9 April
2024 24 March 28 April
2025 April 13
2026 March 29 April 5
2027 March 21 April 25
2028 April 9
2029 March 25 April 1
2030 April 14 April 21

When is Palm Sunday 2019 Catholic?

Palm Sunday in Roman Catholic is celebrated according to the Gregorian Calendar. The Catholic dates are followed in the countries where there’s a majority of the Catholic population. Some of these countries include the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, and the United States. Have a look at Catholic Palm Sunday dates:

Palm Sunday Catholic Calendar Dates (2018-2025)
Year Day Date Event Name Type
2018 Sunday 25 March Palm Sunday Catholic
2019 Sunday 14 April Palm Sunday Catholic
2020 Sunday 5 April Palm Sunday Catholic
2021 Sunday 28 March Palm Sunday Catholic
2022 Sunday 10 April Palm Sunday Catholic
2023 Sunday 2 April Palm Sunday Catholic
2024 Sunday 24 March Palm Sunday Catholic
2025 Sunday 13 April Palm Sunday Catholic

When is Greek Palm Sunday & Coptic Orthodox Palm Sunday 2019?

Palm Sunday in Greek and Coptic Orthodox Church is celebrated according to the Julian Calendar. These Orthodox dates are followed in countries with Eastern Christianity. Some of these countries include Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Greece, Serbia, Belarus, Georgia, Macedonia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro, and Estonia.

Have a look at Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, and Russian Orthodox Palm Sunday calendar:

Orthodox & Greek Palm Sunday Calendar Dates (2018-2025)
Year Day Date Event Name Type
2018 Sunday 1 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2019 Sunday 21 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2020 Sunday 12 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2021 Sunday 25 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2022 Sunday 17 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2023 Sunday 9 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2024 Sunday 28 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2025 Sunday 13 April Palm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian

Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday: Complete Holy Week Calendar For This Year

 

Palm Sunday Week 2019
Holy Week Day Catholic Orthodox Significance
Palm Sunday 14 April 21 April Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Holy Monday 15 April 22 April Cursing of the Fig Tree – Temple Cleansing – Jesus Authority Questioned
Holy Tuesday 16 April 23 April Commemorates the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the Parable of the talents
Holy Wednesday 17 April 24 April Commemorates the Bargain of Judas and the Parable of the Two Debtors
Holy Thursday 18 April 25 April Commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ
Holy Friday 19 April 26 April Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ
Holy Saturday 20 April 27 April Marks the day Jesus’ body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell
Easter Sunday 21 April 28 April Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead

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