Easter Sunday around the world in 2022



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  Dates of Easter Sunday around the world
2023 Various Apr 9
AlbaniaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
AngolaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Australia Apr 9
ACTSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
New South WalesSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
QueenslandSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
VictoriaSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 9Not A Public Holiday
BelgiumSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Burkina FasoSun, Apr 9National Holiday
CongoSun, Apr 9National Holiday
CroatiaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
CuraçaoSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Dominican RepublicSun, Apr 9National Holiday
EcuadorSun, Apr 9National Holiday
El SalvadorSun, Apr 9National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Apr 9National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
GermanySun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
HondurasSun, Apr 9National Holiday
HungarySun, Apr 9National Holiday
IcelandSun, Apr 9National Holiday
IndiaSun, Apr 9Regional Holiday
ItalySun, Apr 9National Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 9National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 9National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Apr 9National Holiday
NamibiaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Apr 9National Holiday
NicaraguaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
NorwaySun, Apr 9National Holiday
Papua New GuineaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
ParaguaySun, Apr 9National Holiday
PolandSun, Apr 9National Holiday
PortugalSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Puerto RicoSun, Apr 9National Holiday
SamoaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Apr 9National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
South SudanSun, Apr 9National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 9National Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, Apr 9National Holiday
SyriaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 9National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 9National Holiday
United KingdomSun, Apr 9Not A Public Holiday
Vatican CitySun, Apr 9National Holiday
ZimbabweSun, Apr 9National Holiday
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
CroatiaSun, 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
ItalySun, Apr 17National Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 17National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 17National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Apr 17National Holiday
NamibiaSun, 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
South SudanSun, Apr 17National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 17National Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, Apr 17National Holiday
SyriaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 17National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 17National Holiday
United KingdomSun, Apr 17Not A Public Holiday
Vatican CitySun, Apr 17National Holiday
ZimbabweSun, 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
CroatiaSun, 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
ItalySun, Apr 4National Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 4National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 4National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Apr 4National Holiday
NamibiaSun, 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
South SudanSun, Apr 4National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 4National Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, Apr 4National Holiday
SyriaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 4National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 4National Holiday
United KingdomSun, Apr 4Not A Public Holiday
Vatican CitySun, Apr 4National Holiday
ZimbabweSun, 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
CroatiaSun, 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
ItalySun, Apr 12National Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 12National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 12National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, Apr 12National Holiday
NamibiaSun, 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
South SudanSun, Apr 12National Holiday
SwedenSun, Apr 12National Holiday
SwitzerlandSun, Apr 12National Holiday
SyriaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 12National Holiday
United KingdomSun, Apr 12Not A Public Holiday
Vatican CitySun, Apr 12National Holiday
ZimbabweSun, 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
CroatiaSun, 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
ItalySun, Apr 21National Holiday
JamaicaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 21National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Apr 21National Holiday
LithuaniaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
LuxembourgSun, 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
SwitzerlandSun, Apr 21National Holiday
TanzaniaSun, Apr 21National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Apr 21National Holiday
United KingdomSun, Apr 21Not A Public Holiday
Vatican CitySun, Apr 21National Holiday
ZimbabweSun, Apr 21National 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 art of painting eggs is called Pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to colour the egg.

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.

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

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