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Orthodox Easter Monday in Australia

Quick Facts

Many Orthodox churches in Australia observe Easter Monday on the day after the Orthodox Easter Sunday date.

Local names

NameLanguage
Orthodox Easter MondayEnglish
Orthodoxer OstermontagGerman

Orthodox Easter Monday 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Orthodox Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015
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Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, according to Christian belief. Many Orthodox Christian churches in Australia often observe Easter Monday at a later date than the Easter Monday date observed by many western churches. The day is also known as Bright Monday.

Easter composition

Easter eggs are often dyed red to symbolize Jesus Christ's blood during the Orthodox Easter period.

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What do people do?

Bright Monday is a day of reflection for many Orthodox Christians in Australia. Many people reflect on the events that occurred during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. Easter Monday is a day to finish leftover Easter meals that were not eaten the day before. Some Orthodox Christian churches in Australia have Bright Monday liturgies and some of these liturgies are held early in the morning.

Public life

The Orthodox Christian date for Easter Monday is not a federal public holiday in Australia.

Background

Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period often (but not always) occurs at a different date compared with the Easter date observed by many western churches, which falls after the time of the March equinox.

There are different types of Orthodox churches in Australia, including the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church. There are many Greek Orthodox Christians in Australia. The federal government’s 2006 census recorded that there were 109,980 Greece-born people in Australia, with the largest numbers in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland. The census also showed that 100,460 Greece-born Australians are of the Eastern Orthodox faith.

Symbols

Easter eggs are often dyed red to symbolize the Jesus Christ’s blood. It was an important symbol connected with spring fertility rituals in many early civilizations. Another important symbol associated with Easter is the lamb. It is often depicted with a banner that bears a cross, and it is known as the Agnus Dei, meaning "Lamb of God" in Latin.

About Orthodox Easter Monday in other countries

Read more about Orthodox Easter Monday.

Orthodox Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 161990Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 81991Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 271992Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 191993Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 21994Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 241995Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 151996Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 281997Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 201998Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 121999Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 12000Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 162001Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 62002Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 282003Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 122004Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 22005Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 242006Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 92007Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 282008Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 202009Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 52010Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 252011Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 162012Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 62013Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 212014Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 132015Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 22016Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 172017Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 92018Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 292019Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 202020Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 

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