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Easter is a Christian holiday celebrated in Australia and around the world to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The observance of Easter in Australia has its origins in the Christian faith and has evolved over time.

Here's a brief overview of the origin and history of Easter in Australia:

  1. Christian Origins: Easter is one of the most important and oldest Christian holidays. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion, as described in the New Testament of the Bible. The exact date of Easter varies each year, as it is based on the lunar calendar and falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (around March 21st).

  2. Early Christian Presence: Christianity was introduced to Australia by European explorers, settlers, and missionaries, including the first fleet of British convicts who arrived in 1788. These early European settlers brought their Christian traditions with them, including the observance of Easter.

  3. Christian Observance: From the early days of European settlement in Australia, Easter was observed by religious services, prayers, and the retelling of the biblical story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. It was primarily a religious observance.

  4. Cultural and Secular Elements: Over time, Easter in Australia, like in many other countries, incorporated cultural and secular elements. This includes the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. The origin of these customs can be traced back to European pagan traditions and were later assimilated into Christian Easter celebrations.

  5. Public Holidays: Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays in Australia. Good Friday, which falls two days before Easter Sunday, is also a public holiday. This allows Australians to have an extended weekend for religious observance and family gatherings.

  6. Outdoor Activities: Due to the pleasant autumn weather in April, Easter in Australia often involves outdoor activities like picnics, barbecues, and trips to parks and beaches. It's a time when families come together for Easter meals and children participate in Easter egg hunts.

  7. Church Services: Churches across Australia hold special services during Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday, including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. These services reflect the religious significance of the holiday.

  8. Multicultural Influences: Australia's multiculturalism is reflected in the way Easter is celebrated. Many Australians from various cultural backgrounds incorporate their own customs and traditions into Easter celebrations while still recognizing the religious significance of the holiday.

Easter in Australia, like in many countries, is a blend of religious, cultural, and secular elements. It is a time for reflection, family gatherings, and community events, all while preserving its Christian origins as a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Sunday 31 Mar 2024 Easter 1 month ago
2025 Sunday 20 Apr 2025 Easter in 10 months
2026 Sunday 5 Apr 2026 Easter in 1 year
2027 Sunday 28 Mar 2027 Easter in 2 years
2028 Sunday 16 Apr 2028 Easter in 3 years
2029 Sunday 1 Apr 2029 Easter in 4 years
2030 Sunday 21 Apr 2030 Easter in 5 years
2031 Sunday 13 Apr 2031 Easter in 6 years
2032 Sunday 28 Mar 2032 Easter in 7 years
2033 Sunday 17 Apr 2033 Easter in 8 years
2034 Sunday 9 Apr 2034 Easter in 9 years
2035 Sunday 25 Mar 2035 Easter in 10 years
2036 Sunday 13 Apr 2036 Easter in 11 years
2037 Sunday 5 Apr 2037 Easter in 12 years
2038 Sunday 25 Apr 2038 Easter in 13 years
2039 Sunday 10 Apr 2039 Easter in 14 years
2023 Sunday 9 Apr 2023 Easter 1 year ago
2022 Sunday 17 Apr 2022 Easter 2 years ago
2021 Sunday 4 Apr 2021 Easter 3 years ago
2020 Sunday 12 Apr 2020 Easter 4 years ago
2019 Sunday 21 Apr 2019 Easter 5 years ago
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