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When Is Holy Week in 2020? Holiday Dates for Easter and More

  • Liz Kanoy Senior Editor
  • 2020 10 Mar
When Is Holy Week in 2020? Holiday Dates for Easter and More

Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter; it always starts on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter. Here are the dates for Holy Week in 2020: Sunday April 5 - Saturday April 11. Easter is on Sunday, April 12. 

Important Dates of LentBrief Overview of Significance2020 Dates
Palm SundayCelebrates Jesus's triumphant entry into JerusalemApril 5, 2020
Holy WeekThe week leading up to EasterApril 5- April 11, 2020
Maundy ThursdayCommemorates the foot washing and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the ApostlesApril 9, 2020
Good FridayCommemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at CalvaryApril 10, 2020
Easter SundayCelebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and his victory over sin and death.April 12, 2020

For a timeline of Holy Week click here.

Click here to learn more about Holy Week - 8 Days of Easter You Need to Know

What Is Palm Sunday?

“Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’"

-Excerpted from 5 Things about Palm Sunday that Remind Us Christ is King by Debbie McDaniel

What Is Maundy Thursday?

"Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Most notably, that Passover meal was when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility. He then commanded them to do the same for each other.

Christ's 'mandate' is commemorated on Maundy Thursday---"maundy" being a shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means 'command.' It was on the Thursday of Christ's final week before being crucified and resurrected that He said these words to his disciples:

'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another' (John 13:34)."

-Excerpted from What Is Maundy Thursday? By Alex Crain

What Is Good Friday?

"For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).

On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10). It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5)."

-Excerpted from What’s So Good about Good Friday? By Justin Holcomb

What Is Passover?

"This year, the Passover Holiday will begin on the evening of Friday, April 19th and end on Saturday, April 27th.

Passover is a traditional Jewish holiday with biblical origins. It is a celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish people by God from their bondage in ancient Egypt under the guidance of Moses. Passover commemorates the story of the Exodus as depicted in the Hebrew Bible, notably in the Book of Exodus.

Passover is a spring holiday and was associated with the sacrifice of the "first-fruits of the barley" during the presence of the Temple in Jerusalem, barley being the first seed to mature and collected in the Land of Israel."

-Excerpted from When Is Passover? Compiled by Crosswalk Editorial Staff

 What Is Easter?

"Easter is a very significant date within Christianity and is the foundation of the Christian faith. Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled prophecy and through his death, has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those who believe in his death and resurrection. Read the entire biblical account of Resurrection Day in Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24 and more Easter Bible verses at"

-Excerpted from What Is Easter? By Susan E. Richardson.

Holy Week Prayers
You can read a prayer for each day of Holy Week here, starting with a Psalm Sunday Prayer.

Palm Sunday Prayer

Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2; Psalm 118:19-29

"Lord God, I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless. Here I stand, at the start of this holy week, This week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and death, And I am distracted by many things. Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your name The one who opens the gates of righteousness The one who answers when we call. I bless you, Lord, for shining your light upon me, And for sending your son to us, in human frailty. To walk the road we walk. Open my eyes that I may see him coming, And may praise him with a pure heart. And may walk in the way of his suffering, And share also in his resurrection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen." -Rachel Marie Stone

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This article is part of our larger Holy Week and Easter resource library centered around the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We hope these articles help you understand the meaning and story behind important Christian holidays and dates and encourage you as you take time to reflect on all that God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ!

Holy Week, Passion Week Timeline
What Is Palm Sunday?
What is Maundy Thursday?
What Is Passover?
What Is Good Friday?

What Is Easter?
Holy Week and Easter Prayers
The Easter Bunny Origin