Easter Saturday in Australia in 2020

Easter Saturday in Australia in 2020
  How long until Easter Saturday?
This holiday next takes place in 173 days.
  Dates of Easter Saturday in Australia
2021 Apr 3
ACTSat, Apr 3Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Apr 3Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Apr 3Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Apr 3Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Apr 3Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Apr 3Regional Holiday
2020 Apr 11
ACTSat, Apr 11Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Apr 11Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Apr 11Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Apr 11Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Apr 11Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Apr 11Regional Holiday
2019 Apr 20
ACTSat, Apr 20Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Apr 20Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Apr 20Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Apr 20Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Apr 20Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Apr 20Regional Holiday
2018 Mar 31
ACTSat, Mar 31Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Mar 31Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Mar 31Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Mar 31Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Mar 31Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Mar 31Regional Holiday
2017 Apr 15
ACTSat, Apr 15Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Apr 15Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Apr 15Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Apr 15Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Apr 15Regional Holiday
  Summary
Day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. Commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb
  Easter Saturday in other countries
Easter Saturday internationally
  Which regions observe Easter Saturday in 2020?
ACT  ACTApr 11Regional Holiday
New South Wales  New South WalesApr 11Regional Holiday
Northern Territory  Northern TerritoryApr 11Regional Holiday
Queensland  QueenslandApr 11Regional Holiday
South Australia  South AustraliaApr 11Regional Holiday
Victoria  VictoriaApr 11Regional Holiday

Easter Saturday in Australia

In Australia, this day is a public holiday called Easter Saturday or the Saturday before Easter in all states and territories except Tasmania and Western Australia.

When is Easter Saturday?

Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and may also be known as Easter Saturday, Black Saturday, White 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 March 21st and April 24th.

History of Easter Saturday

This day, sometimes known as the Eve of Easter, 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.

The Vigil often begins with the church into darkness; all candles are put out on Maundy Thursday. 

The minister enters the church, bearing a Paschal candle (a special candle that symbolizes the body of Jesus), accompanied by the chant "The light of Christ" to which the assembly responds "Thanks be to God". After blessing the Paschal candle, the rest of the candles in the church are then lit from the Paschal candle, and the church is illuminated by light.


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