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Easter Monday in Canada

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday, which commemorates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to the Christian Bible. Easter Monday is also a holiday for many Canadians.

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Easter Monday in Canada is a time for Christians to reflect on Jesus Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection.
Easter Monday in Canada is a time for Christians to reflect on Jesus Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection.
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Celebrate Easter Monday

A proportion of Canadians have a day off work on Easter Monday and for some it is the end of a four-day weekend. People who have been on a short vacation or who have visited family or friends often travel home on Easter Monday. For others, it is a chance to eat their easter eggs, relax and, depending on the weather and when Easter falls, enjoy some time outdoors.

Public life

The Canadian federal government lists Easter Monday as a statutory holiday but this isn't the case with some provincial and territorial governments. Some state that the holiday is taken at the employer's option. Rules about this holiday change and vary across businesses and provinces/territories from time to time.

Schools, businesses and organizations are closed in places where Easter Monday is a day off. Public transport services may run to reduced timetables. In rural areas, there may be no public transport services.

About Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a holiday in many English speaking countries, including England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Australia, and European counties. The tradition of having a holiday on the day after Easter Sunday was brought to Canada by European immigrants. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

Symbols

Eggs of all types are an important symbol of Easter. They represent the rebirth of nature in the spring and the promise of new life in the spring and summer months to come and are seen as a reflection of the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. Easter eggs, whether they are made of chocolate or candy or are decorated hens eggs, are common gifts all over the world during Easter. However, the biggest Easter egg in the world is a representation of a Ukranian Easter egg, known as a Pysanka, located in Vegreville, Alberta.

The Pysanka in Vegreville was constructed in 1974 to mark the centenary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and to celebrate Vegreville's strong links with the Ukraine. It is made of more than 2000 aluminium triangles fixed together with nearly 7000 bolts and 177 internal struts. The egg is more than 25 feet (nearly eight meters) in diameter and is decorated with a gold, silver and bronze design. Its construction represented significant advances in computer modeling, mathematical theory, architectural design and engineering construction.

About Easter Monday in other countries

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Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is a statutory holiday
MonApr 161990Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 11991Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 201992Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 121993Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 41994Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 171995Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 81996Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonMar 311997Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 131998Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 51999Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 242000Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 162001Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 12002Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 212003Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 122004Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonMar 282005Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 172006Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 92007Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonMar 242008Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 132009Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 52010Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 252011Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 92012Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 12013Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 212014Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 62015Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonMar 282016Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 172017Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 22018Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 222019Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT
MonApr 132020Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysAB, BC, NB, PE, QC, YT

Quick Facts

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and a holiday for many Canadians.

Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Monday 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Easter MondayEnglish
Le lundi de PâquesFrench
OstermontagGerman
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