When is Easter Sunday?
In Australia, Easter Sunday is a public holiday in ACT (from 2016) , New South Wales and Victoria.
As it falls on a Sunday, it will be a day of rest for most people in Australia, In the regions where it is an official public holiday, special holiday pay rates will apply to workers who work on Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian church.
In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed following his death by crucifixion on the Friday before.
It signifies the end of the 40 days of Lent, meaning Christians who gave up something during lent to signify Jesus' time in the wilderness, can indulge themselves again.
Easter Sunday is also when church bells will be rung again, having been silent during Lent.
The name Easter is derived from 'Ostara' or 'Eostre', a pagan goddess of fertility, whose feast was celebrated on the Vernal Equinox. The word East is also derived from her names, as is Oestrogen, the female hormone. In Saxon culture, the Hare was sacred to Ostara and the modern tradition of the Easter Bunny is a distant echo of that.
Easter depends on the Jewish holiday of Passover for much of its symbolic meaning and also for its position in the calendar. Read more about the date of Easter.