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Easter Sunday in Australia

Public Holiday observed in some states

Easter Sunday

When is Easter Sunday?

Year Weekday Date
2018 Sunday April 1st
2017 Sunday April 16th
2016 Sunday March 27th
2015 Sunday April 5th
2014 Sunday April 20th
2013 Sunday March 31st

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.


History of 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.

Why is it called Easter?

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.

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