Holy Saturday around the world in 2024

Holy Saturday around the world in 2024
  How long until Holy Saturday?
Holy Saturday
  Dates of Holy Saturday around the world
2024 Various Mar 30
Australia 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
BelizeSat, Mar 30National Holiday
ChileSat, Mar 30National Holiday
El SalvadorSat, Mar 30National Holiday
FijiSat, Mar 30National Holiday
GuatemalaSat, Mar 30National Holiday
HondurasSat, Mar 30National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Mar 30National Holiday
MacauSat, Mar 30National Holiday
NicaraguaSat, Mar 30Government Holiday
Papua New GuineaSat, Mar 30National Holiday
PhilippinesSat, Mar 30National Holiday
SamoaSat, Mar 30National Holiday
SeychellesSat, Mar 30National Holiday
Solomon IslandsSat, Mar 30National Holiday
South SudanSat, Mar 30National Holiday
TuvaluSat, Mar 30National Holiday
ZambiaSat, Mar 30National Holiday
ZimbabweSat, Mar 30National Holiday
2023 Various Apr 8
Australia 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
BelizeSat, Apr 8National Holiday
ChileSat, Apr 8National Holiday
El SalvadorSat, Apr 8National Holiday
FijiSat, Apr 8National Holiday
GuatemalaSat, Apr 8National Holiday
HondurasSat, Apr 8National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Apr 8National Holiday
MacauSat, Apr 8National Holiday
NicaraguaSat, Apr 8Government Holiday
Papua New GuineaSat, Apr 8National Holiday
PhilippinesSat, Apr 8National Holiday
SamoaSat, Apr 8National Holiday
SeychellesSat, Apr 8National Holiday
Solomon IslandsSat, Apr 8National Holiday
South SudanSat, Apr 8National Holiday
TuvaluSat, Apr 8National Holiday
ZambiaSat, Apr 8National Holiday
ZimbabweSat, Apr 8National Holiday
2022 Various Apr 16
Australia 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
BelizeSat, Apr 16National Holiday
BotswanaSat, Apr 16National Holiday
ChileSat, Apr 16National Holiday
El SalvadorSat, Apr 16National Holiday
FijiSat, Apr 16National Holiday
GuatemalaSat, Apr 16National Holiday
HondurasSat, Apr 16National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Apr 16National Holiday
MacauSat, Apr 16National Holiday
NicaraguaSat, Apr 16Government Holiday
Papua New GuineaSat, Apr 16National Holiday
PhilippinesSat, Apr 16National Holiday
SamoaSat, Apr 16National Holiday
SeychellesSat, Apr 16National Holiday
Solomon IslandsSat, Apr 16National Holiday
South SudanSat, Apr 16National Holiday
TuvaluSat, Apr 16National Holiday
ZambiaSat, Apr 16National Holiday
ZimbabweSat, Apr 16National Holiday
2021 Various Apr 3
Australia 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
BelizeSat, Apr 3National Holiday
ChileSat, Apr 3National Holiday
El SalvadorSat, Apr 3National Holiday
FijiSat, Apr 3National Holiday
GuatemalaSat, Apr 3National Holiday
HondurasSat, Apr 3National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Apr 3National Holiday
MacauSat, Apr 3National Holiday
NicaraguaSat, Apr 3Government Holiday
Papua New GuineaSat, Apr 3National Holiday
PhilippinesSat, Apr 3National Holiday
SamoaSat, Apr 3National Holiday
SeychellesSat, Apr 3National Holiday
Solomon IslandsSat, Apr 3National Holiday
South SudanSat, Apr 3National Holiday
ZambiaSat, Apr 3National Holiday
ZimbabweSat, Apr 3National Holiday
2020 Various Apr 11
Australia 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
BelizeSat, Apr 11National Holiday
BotswanaSat, Apr 11National Holiday
ChileSat, Apr 11National Holiday
El SalvadorSat, Apr 11National Holiday
FijiSat, Apr 11National Holiday
GuatemalaSat, Apr 11National Holiday
HondurasSat, Apr 11National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Apr 11National Holiday
MacauSat, Apr 11National Holiday
NicaraguaSat, Apr 11Government Holiday
Papua New GuineaSat, Apr 11National Holiday
PhilippinesSat, Apr 11National Holiday
SamoaSat, Apr 11National Holiday
SeychellesSat, Apr 11National Holiday
Solomon IslandsSat, Apr 11National Holiday
South SudanSat, Apr 11National Holiday
ZambiaSat, Apr 11National Holiday
ZimbabweSat, Apr 11National Holiday

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

  Which countries observe Holy Saturday in 2024?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

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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