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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.


YearCatholic Palm SundayOrthodox Palm Sunday
2010March 28
2011March 17
2012April 1April 8
2013March 24April 28
2014April 13
2015March 29April 5
2016March 20April 24
2017April 9
2018March 25April 1
201914 April21 April
20205 April12 April
202128 March25 April
202210 April17 April
20232 April9 April
202424 March28 April
2025April 13
2026March 29April 5
2027March 21April 25
2028April 9
2029March 25April 1
2030April 14April 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)
YearDayDateEvent NameType
2018Sunday25 MarchPalm SundayCatholic
2019Sunday14 AprilPalm SundayCatholic
2020Sunday5 AprilPalm SundayCatholic
2021Sunday28 MarchPalm SundayCatholic
2022Sunday10 AprilPalm SundayCatholic
2023Sunday2 AprilPalm SundayCatholic
2024Sunday24 MarchPalm SundayCatholic
2025Sunday13 AprilPalm SundayCatholic

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)
YearDayDateEvent NameType
2018Sunday1 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2019Sunday21 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2020Sunday12 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2021Sunday25 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2022Sunday17 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2023Sunday9 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2024Sunday28 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian
2025Sunday13 AprilPalm Sunday
Greek, Orthodox, Coptic, Russian

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


Palm Sunday Week 2019
Holy Week DayCatholicOrthodoxSignificance
Palm Sunday14 April21 AprilJesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Holy Monday15 April22 AprilCursing of the Fig Tree – Temple Cleansing – Jesus Authority Questioned
Holy Tuesday16 April23 AprilCommemorates the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the Parable of the talents
Holy Wednesday17 April24 AprilCommemorates the Bargain of Judas and the Parable of the Two Debtors
Holy Thursday18 April25 AprilCommemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ
Holy Friday19 April26 AprilCommemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ
Holy Saturday20 April27 AprilMarks the day Jesus’ body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell
Easter Sunday21 April28 AprilCelebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead

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