Easter Sunday in Canada
Easter Sunday in Canada celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection after his death, which is described in the Christian Bible. Some people observe Easter Sunday by attending church while others spend time with their families and friends or engage in Easter egg activities.
What Do People Do?
Easter is a religious holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death by crucifixion. For Christians, Easter is a day of religious services and family gatherings. Easter Day is a popular day for attending church, getting together for a big family meal, and staging an Easter egg hunt. It is also a good time for people to decorate Easter eggs, join in Easter craft contests and to indulge in holiday recipes, such as mustard-crusted lamb and the Easter basket cake.
The Bal en Blanc’s main event is held every Easter Sunday, attracting thousands of partygoers every year in Montreal.
Many businesses, government offices, banks and liquor stores are closed on Easter Sunday.
Many people organized spring festivals associated with the Pagan gods in ancient times. Many festivals celebrated nature's rebirth, the return the land to fertility and the birth of many young animals.The idea of modern day Easter eggs derives from these festivals.
Many ideas associated with spring were then linked with Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection as the Christianity spread throughout the world. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the resurrection on Easter Sunday. The idea of the resurrection became joined up with the ideas of re-birth in Pagan beliefs. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.
Easter candles are sometimes lit in churches on the eve of Easter Sunday. Some believe that these can be directly linked to the Pagan customs of lighting bonfires to welcome the rebirth or resurrection of the sun god.
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 Ukrainian 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 Sunday in other countriesRead more about Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Sun||Apr 4||2010||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 24||2011||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 8||2012||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Mar 31||2013||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 20||2014||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 5||2015||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Mar 27||2016||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 16||2017||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 1||2018||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 21||2019||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 12||2020||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
Quick FactsEaster Sunday is the most important day in the Christian church calendar in Canada. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion, according to Christian belief.
Easter Sunday 2016Sunday, March 27, 2016
Easter Sunday 2017Sunday, April 16, 2017
Name in other languages
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 20, 2016
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 24, 2016
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 26, 2016
- Good Friday – Friday, March 25, 2016
- Easter Monday – Monday, March 28, 2016
- Epiphany – Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Other holidays in March 2017 in Canada
- Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, March 1, 2017
- Purim – Sunday, March 12, 2017
- Commonwealth Day – Monday, March 13, 2017
- St. Patrick's Day – Friday, March 17, 2017
- St. Patrick's Day – Monday, March 20, 2017