Easter Sunday in Australia in 2020

Easter Sunday in Australia in 2020
  How long until Easter Sunday?
This holiday next takes place in 266 days.
  Dates of Easter Sunday in Australia
2021Apr 4
ACTSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
2020Apr 12
ACTSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
2019Apr 21
ACTSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
2018Apr 1
ACTSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
2017Apr 16
ACTSun, Apr 16Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 16Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 16Regional Holiday
  Summary
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
  Easter Sunday in other countries
Easter Sunday internationally
  Which regions observe Easter Sunday in 2020?
ACT  ACTApr 12Regional Holiday
New South Wales  New South WalesApr 12Regional Holiday
Queensland  QueenslandApr 12Regional Holiday
Victoria  VictoriaApr 12Regional Holiday
Related holidays

Easter Sunday in Australia

In Australia, Easter Sunday is a public holiday in ACT (from 2016), New South Wales, Queensland 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.

When is 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 previous Friday.

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.

However, In most languages other than English and German, the holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked.

Easter depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar. Read more about the date of Easter.

Easter traditions

Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is now an established part of the Easter traditions. In Europe and America, the Easter Bunny visits the garden of children leaving chocolate eggs and treats for the children to find on Easter Egg hunts.

Rabbits and hares don't have any direct connection to any Christian tradition and it is interesting to note that the pagan goddess, Ostara was always traditionally accompanied by a hare. The modern tradition derives from a German custom that was first recorded in the 16th century. It may seem strange for a rabbit to be laying eggs, but as eggs were part of the foods banned during Lent, then the reintroduction of eggs would have been a welcome treat, no matter how they arrived in the garden.

It was once thought that hares could give birth without conceiving, which may have made them a way of explaining the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary. It is also said that the sight of Rabbits appearing from their underground burrows is a reminder of Jesus appearing from the tomb after his resurrection on Easter morning.

Lamb

On Easter Sunday, the traditional meat for dinner is lamb. The lamb was a sacrifice during the Jewish Passover, and it became a symbol for Jesus. It is also seasonal as Spring lamb is particularly tender and noted for its subtle flavour.

Did you know?

Three facts about Easter Sunday

Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. It is because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian calendar, while Western Christianity follows the Gregorian calendar.

In medieval times, a festival of ‘egg-throwing’ was held in churches. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg.

The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

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