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!

Year Date
2017 April 9th-16th
2018 March 25th-April 1st
2019 April 14th-21st
2020 April 5th-12th
2021 March 28th-April 4th
2022 April 10th-17th
2023 April 2nd-9th
2024 March 24th-31st
2025 April 13th-20th
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!

 

Read more about what a procesion is, who the hermandades are, and why the pasos and the costaleros are so important…

And if you are thinking about visiting Seville to experience the Semana Santa, you should follow some useful hints as well as advice on what to see!