Easter Sunday around the world in 2020

Easter Sunday around the world in 2020
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  Dates of Easter Sunday around the world
2022 Various Apr 17
AlbaniaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
AngolaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Australia Apr 17
ACTSun, Apr 17Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 17Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 17Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 17Regional Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 17Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Burkina FasoSun, Apr 17National Holiday
CongoSun, Apr 17National Holiday
CuraçaoSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Apr 17National Holiday
EcuadorSun, Apr 17National Holiday
El SalvadorSun, Apr 17National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Apr 17National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
GermanySun, Apr 17Regional Holiday
HondurasSun, Apr 17National Holiday
HungarySun, Apr 17National Holiday
IcelandSun, Apr 17National Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 17National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 17National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Apr 17National Holiday
NicaraguaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
NorwaySun, Apr 17National Holiday
Papua New GuineaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
ParaguaySun, Apr 17National Holiday
PolandSun, Apr 17National Holiday
PortugalSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Apr 17National Holiday
SamoaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Apr 17National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 17National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 17National Holiday
2021 Various Apr 4
AlbaniaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
AngolaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Australia Apr 4
ACTSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 4Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
Burkina FasoSun, Apr 4National Holiday
CongoSun, Apr 4National Holiday
CuraçaoSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Apr 4National Holiday
EcuadorSun, Apr 4National Holiday
El SalvadorSun, Apr 4National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Apr 4National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
GermanySun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
HondurasSun, Apr 4National Holiday
HungarySun, Apr 4National Holiday
IcelandSun, Apr 4National Holiday
IndiaSun, Apr 4Regional Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 4National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 4National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Apr 4National Holiday
NicaraguaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
NorwaySun, Apr 4National Holiday
Papua New GuineaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
ParaguaySun, Apr 4National Holiday
PolandSun, Apr 4National Holiday
PortugalSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Apr 4National Holiday
SamoaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Apr 4National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 4National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 4National Holiday
2020 Various Apr 12
AlbaniaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
AngolaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Australia Apr 12
ACTSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 12Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
Burkina FasoSun, Apr 12National Holiday
CongoSun, Apr 12National Holiday
CuraçaoSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Apr 12National Holiday
EcuadorSun, Apr 12National Holiday
El SalvadorSun, Apr 12National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Apr 12National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
GermanySun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
HondurasSun, Apr 12National Holiday
HungarySun, Apr 12National Holiday
IcelandSun, Apr 12National Holiday
IndiaSun, Apr 12Regional Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 12National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 12National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Apr 12National Holiday
NicaraguaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
NorwaySun, Apr 12National Holiday
Papua New GuineaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
ParaguaySun, Apr 12National Holiday
PolandSun, Apr 12National Holiday
PortugalSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Apr 12National Holiday
SamoaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Apr 12National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 12National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 12National Holiday
2019 Various Apr 21
AlbaniaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
AngolaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Australia Apr 21
ACTSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 21Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
Burkina FasoSun, Apr 21National Holiday
CongoSun, Apr 21National Holiday
CuraçaoSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Apr 21National Holiday
EcuadorSun, Apr 21National Holiday
El SalvadorSun, Apr 21National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Apr 21National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
GermanySun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
HondurasSun, Apr 21National Holiday
HungarySun, Apr 21National Holiday
IcelandSun, Apr 21National Holiday
IndiaSun, Apr 21Regional Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 21National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 21National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Apr 21National Holiday
NicaraguaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
NorwaySun, Apr 21National Holiday
Papua New GuineaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
ParaguaySun, Apr 21National Holiday
PolandSun, Apr 21National Holiday
PortugalSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Apr 21National Holiday
SamoaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Apr 21National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 21National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 21National Holiday
2018 Various Apr 1
AlbaniaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
AngolaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Australia Apr 1
ACTSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 1Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Burkina FasoSun, Apr 1National Holiday
CongoSun, Apr 1National Holiday
CuraçaoSun, Apr 1National Holiday
DenmarkSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Apr 1National Holiday
EcuadorSun, Apr 1National Holiday
El SalvadorSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Apr 1National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
HondurasSun, Apr 1National Holiday
HungarySun, Apr 1National Holiday
IcelandSun, Apr 1National Holiday
IndiaSun, Apr 1Regional Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 1National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 1National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Apr 1National Holiday
NicaraguaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
NorwaySun, Apr 1National Holiday
Papua New GuineaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
ParaguaySun, Apr 1National Holiday
PolandSun, Apr 1National Holiday
PortugalSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Apr 1National Holiday
SamoaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Apr 1National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 1National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 1National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 1National Holiday
  Summary
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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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

The largest rabbit made of chocolate was created in Brazil by the Equipe da Casa do Chocolate. It took nine professionals eight days to make it.

The art of painting eggs is called Pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to colour 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.

More facts about Easter Sunday

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