How many days till Easter and why does the date move every year?

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It’s almost that time of year again (Picture: Greggs/Getty)

March is here which means that – contrary to the weather outside – as far as many of us are concerned spring has sprung!

With spring comes Easter, the season’s most celebrated holiday and everyone’s favourite excuse to gorge themselves on hot cross buns and chocolate.

The date of Easter Sunday changes every year, so you’d be forgiven for having no idea when it’s falling this year.

If you want to start the countdown, then read on, because here’s the exact number of days we have to go and a reminder of why the date changes.

How many days is it until Easter 2020?

This year, Easter is falling on Sunday 12 April, which means that, at the time of writing, there are 37 days left until Easter.

It follows therefore that Good Friday is on April 10, and Easter Monday is on April 13.



Good Friday and Easter Monday are considered national holidays just like Easter Sunday, therefore much of the country will be off work on those days.

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The Easter Bunny’s coming to town next month (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm Source)

Why does the date of Easter change each year?

The date of Easter Sunday is subject to change because it always falls on the first full moon after the spring equinox.

The spring equinox falls on Friday 20 March this year, and it sees the sun cross the celestial equator from north to south.

For many, it also marks the official start of spring.

The latest date of Easter ever recorded was April 25 in 1943, and the earliest was March 22 in 1818.

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