When Is Lent in 2024? When Lent Starts, Ends and Other Key Dates

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Lent is the liturgical season that prepares us for Christ’s death and Resurrection. In this season of penitential preparation, we turn our hearts and minds to God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Almost everyone knows the date of Christmas as December 25, but Lent’s date and schedule are not quite as easy to remember.

The key dates of Lent—highlighted by Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday—change each year, along with the date of Easter.

Hallow breaks down the full schedule of key dates for Lent in 2024 below.

Lent 2024 Key Dates and Frequently Asked Questions

When does Lent begin in 2024?

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Why is Lent 40 days long?

Lent lasts for 40 days because Christ suffered in the desert for 40 days.

How is the date of Ash Wednesday determined?

Ash Wednesday always falls six and half weeks before Easter.

When is Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday is the final day before Lent. In 2024, it takes place on February 13. Fat Tuesday is known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day in other parts of the world.

How is the date of Easter determined?

Easter is a moveable feast as opposed to a fixed date each year. Easter being celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon of spring (March 21 or later) dates back to the Council of Nicea in 325.

How long is Lent?

Lent lasts 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, excluding Sundays. Sundays are an important part of Lent, but we do not include them in the “40 days” because on every Sunday we remember and celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in the Mass.

Do Sundays count in Lent?

Technically, the Church does not obligate us to fast on Sundays. However, the Sundays during Lent are still part of the Lenten season. Choosing to continue your Lenten sacrifice on Sunday is a personal choice.

When is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday, the last Sunday during Lent, takes place on March 24 in 2024. It signifies Jesus’s triumphant return to Jerusalem after spending 40 days and nights in the desert. At Mass, we celebrate his return and our desire to follow him.

When does Lent end?

Lent ends with the start of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. This year, Lent ends on March 28, 2024.

When is Good Friday?

Good Friday takes place between Palm Sunday and Easter, as part of the Easter Triduum. It will occur on March 29, 2024, one day after Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday in some traditions.)

When is Easter in 2024?

Easter falls on Sunday, March 31, 2024.

When is Orthodox Lent in 2024?

Orthodox Lent (known as Great Lent) begins on Monday, March 18 according to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It follows Forgiveness Sunday, also known as Cheesefare Sunday.

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