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Easter Monday in Australia

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday. It is a public holiday throughout Australia each year.

Easter Monday Australia
Easter Monday is a popular day for music festivals that attract many Australians.
Easter Monday is a popular day for music festivals that attract many Australians.

What do people do?

Many people spend Easter Monday with family or friends, carrying out home maintenance or attending sports matches. Easter Monday is the last day of many music festivals held during the long weekend. These include the National Folk Festival, the Byron Bay East Coast Blues and Roots Bluesfest, the Australian Gospel Festival and a range of local events.

A number of large sporting events end on Easter Monday. These include: the Stawell Easter Gift athletics competition; the Three Peaks Race, which consists of sections sailing around Tasmania and sections running up and down three mountains on the island; the Easter Racing Carnival in Sydney; and the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. Other events, including horse race meetings in Melbourne and major football fixtures, are held on Easter Monday.

Many people enjoy the Easter eggs that they received during the weekend. They may also eat an Easter bilby, a chocolate model of a small, endangered mammal native to Australia. A recent campaign attempted to persuade children that the Easter bilby, rather than the Easter bunny, brings Easter eggs. This is because rabbits are seen as pests that destroy natural habitats and agricultural crops.

Public life

Easter Monday is a public holiday throughout Australia. Schools, businesses and other organizations are closed. Many large stores and shopping centers are closed. Small stores and those selling building materials, household goods or motor vehicle parts may be open. If they are open, they may have shorter trading hours than on regular Mondays.

Public transport services are often restricted and may not run at all. There may be congestion on the roads and at airports as people return from vacations and when sports and cultural festivals end.


Easter Monday is celebrated as a holiday in many Christian cultures. In previous times, the Easter celebrations often lasted eight days. This period was known as the Octave of Easter and is still called that in some church calendars. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. In many places, there were egg rolling competitions and people poured water over each other. This may have originated in the Catholic custom of taking holy water, which had been blessed on Easter Sunday, home to sprinkle on the house and food. Gradually, the celebrations in the week after Easter became shortened to just the Monday after Easter. The custom of a holiday on this day was brought to Australia by the early English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish settlers.

About Easter Monday in other countries

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Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 52010Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 252011Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 92012Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 12013Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 212014Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 62015Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonMar 282016Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 172017Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 22018Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 222019Easter MondayNational Holiday 
MonApr 132020Easter MondayNational Holiday 

Quick Facts

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a nationwide holiday in Australia.

Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Monday 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016


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