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When Is Lent?

Find the dates of Lent and links to Lenten FAQs


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Question: When Is Lent?

The dates of Lent, the season of penance and prayer before Easter, change every year. When is Lent?

Answer: Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Since the dates of both Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday are dependent on the date of Easter, which is a moveable feast, Lent falls at a different time every year. (See How Is the Date of Easter Calculated? for more details.)

The following articles give the dates of Lent in each of the next several years:

 When Is Lent 2014?
 When Is Lent 2015?
 When Is Lent 2016?
 When Is Lent 2017?
 When Is Lent 2018?
 When Is Lent 2019?

More FAQs About Lent:

Dates of Related Holidays:

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