Holy Saturday in Canada
Holy Saturday falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Canada. It commemorates the day when Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death, according to the Christian bible. It is also known as Easter Eve.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians in Canada attend an Easter vigil service on Holy Saturday to mark the end of the Lent period before celebrating Easter. They remember Holy Saturday as the day when Jesus lay in his tomb. Many services are held in the evening of Holy Saturday, where the service begins in darkness and candles are later lit to proclaim Jesus Christ’s rising. Baptisms or renewals of baptismal promises are held in some churches on Holy Saturday.
Many Canadians take time off on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday to enjoy the long Easter weekend. Many people go on a trip to enjoy the short holiday break. Some people stay at resorts, cottages, or motels, while others choose bed and breakfast accommodation packages as part of the long weekend getaway.
Many families prepare Easter eggs on the Saturday before Easter. Children decorate eggs with paint, crayon, water colors, stickers and other material. These eggs are often placed in Easter baskets. Chocolate Easter eggs are popular around this time of the year.
Holy Saturday is not a federal public holiday in Canada.
Background and Symbols
Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and ends the season of Lent. It is also known as the Vigil of Easter. Holy Saturday has been observed in Canada for many years. Newspaper articles dating back to the 19th century have been written about Holy Saturday traditions and customs. One article (Winnipeg Free Press, February 24, 1877) discusses a Christian custom of abstaining from meat on Holy Saturday.
One tradition that still has symbolic significance today is lighting candles during the Easter vigil services. The lit candle signifies the light of Jesus Christ, and that he brings light into darkness. The candle used during the Easter vigil service is known as the Paschal candle.
About Holy Saturday in other countriesRead more about Holy Saturday.
Holy Saturday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Sat||Apr 3||2010||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Apr 23||2011||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Apr 7||2012||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Mar 30||2013||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Apr 19||2014||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Apr 4||2015||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Mar 26||2016||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Apr 15||2017||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Mar 31||2018||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Apr 20||2019||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Sat||Apr 11||2020||Holy Saturday||Christian|
Quick FactsHoly Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday in Canada.
Holy Saturday 2015Saturday, April 4, 2015
Holy Saturday 2016Saturday, March 26, 2016
Name in other languages
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 29, 2015
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 2, 2015
- Good Friday – Friday, April 3, 2015
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 5, 2015
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 6, 2015
Other holidays in April 2016 in Canada
- National Tartan Day – Wednesday, April 6, 2016
- Vimy Ridge Day – Saturday, April 9, 2016
- First day of Passover – Saturday, April 23, 2016
- St. George's Day – Monday, April 25, 2016
- Orthodox Good Friday – Friday, April 29, 2016
- Last day of Passover – Saturday, April 30, 2016