Easter Sunday in Western Australia in 2023



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2024 Sun, Mar 31Regional Holiday
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2022 Sun, Apr 17Regional Holiday
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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.

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Easter Sunday in Western Australia

Easter Sunday has been established as a public holiday in Western Australia. The changes have been introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 and begin in 2022.

“The Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972, which specifies public holidays for Western Australia, will be amended to make Easter Sunday a public holiday,” the Government statement said.

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.

For employers and employees in the state industrial relations system, the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 will be amended to recognise Easter Sunday as a public holiday. This will ensure that full-time and part-time employees who are not required to work on Easter Sunday, solely because that day is a public holiday, will be entitled to their usual pay.

Did you know?

Three facts about Easter Sunday

There are 35 possible dates for Easter – the cycle repeats itself once every 5.7 million years.

In some parts of Europe, it was once believed that if you were born on Easter Sunday, you would be able to see the Easter Bunny.

The custom of giving Easter baskets filled with Easter eggs and other treats began in Germany in the 18th century.

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