When is Holy Saturday?
Where is Holy Saturday a public holiday?
Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and may also be known as Easter Saturday, Black Saturday, or Easter Eve.
Note that Easter Saturday can refer to the Saturday after Easter Sunday.
Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and in the Western church it can fall between 21 March and 24 April.
It marks the full day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb after his crucifixion on Good Friday and before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
It was a popular day for baptisms. Because of the solemnity of the day, few services are held on this day. However, rituals that can help with salvation for the dying such as baptism were allowed.
An Easter Vigil often takes place in the evening of Holy Saturday. Sometimes known as Paschal Vigil, this service is held as a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In Australia, it is public holiday called Easter Saturday or the Saturday before Easter in all states and territories except Tasmania and Western Australia.
In the Philippines, the day is a special non-working day and is legally known in English as Black Saturday, marks the colour's role in mourning.