Semana Santa dates are flexible. In other words, they vary from year to year and can take place from later March to late April.
To make things easier, here’s a list of the Holy Week dates for the next few years. It will help you planning your holidays in Seville – Semana Santa is peak season!
|2018||March 25th-April 1st|
|2021||March 28th-April 4th|
|2016||March 29th-April 5th|
Now, the question is how is the Easter date fixed?
The general rule is that “The Sunday following the full Moon which falls on or after the equinox will give the lawful Easter”.
However, the full Moon here doesn’t correspond to the astronomical full moon but to the 14th day of a calendar lunar month.
This calendar is based on lunisolar cycles (30-day and 29-day lunar months, generally alternating), nothing to do with our regular Gregorian calendar that depends on the sun!
On top of it, the equinox is fixed by convention on March 21st, whereas this phenomenon can take place either on March 19th, 20th or 21st…
My recommendation is not trying to do this at home. Let the experts do the math for you!