Holy Saturday in Australia in 2025

Holy Saturday in Australia in 2025
  How long until Holy Saturday?
Holy Saturday
  Dates of Holy Saturday in Australia
2025 Apr 19
ACTSat, Apr 19Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Apr 19Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Apr 19Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Apr 19Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Apr 19Regional Holiday
2024 Mar 30
ACTSat, Mar 30Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Mar 30Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Mar 30Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Mar 30Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Mar 30Regional Holiday
2023 Apr 8
ACTSat, Apr 8Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Apr 8Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Apr 8Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Apr 8Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Apr 8Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Apr 8Regional Holiday
2022 Apr 16
ACTSat, Apr 16Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Apr 16Regional Holiday
Northern TerritorySat, Apr 16Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Apr 16Regional Holiday
South AustraliaSat, Apr 16Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Apr 16Regional Holiday
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

Day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. Commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb

  Holy Saturday in other countries
Holy Saturday internationally
  Which regions observe Holy Saturday in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

Easter Saturday in Australia

In Australia, this day is a public holiday in all states and territories except Tasmania and Western Australia. The day is named differently between the states:

  • ACT, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia - Easter Saturday
  • Queensland - Day following Good Friday
  • Victoria - Saturday before Easter Sunday

For a state-by-state guide to the Easter public holidays and trading hours, click here.

When is Holy Saturday?

Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and may also be known as Black Saturday, White Saturday, Easter Eve, Vigil of Easter.

Note that it may also be called Easter Sunday, though from a religious perspective Easter Saturday is 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 Holy 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.

Dating back to the early days of the Christian Church, this day 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. Some parts of the church such as the Anglicans still hold baptismal services on Holy Saturday.

A less common name for this day is the Descent into Hell, as in some Christian traditions it commemorates Jesus' descent into and victory over hell.

An Easter Vigil often takes place in the evening of Holy Saturday recalling the vigil that Jesus' followers observed after his crucifixion on Good Friday. 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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