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Easter Monday in Ireland

Easter Monday (Luan Cásca) is the day after Easter Sunday. It is an occasion for people in the Republic of Ireland to remember the Easter Uprising, which occurred in 1916, and attend sports events and local fairs.

The Easter egg hunt - a fun activity that some families try out on Easter Monday.
The Easter egg hunt - a fun activity that some families try out on Easter Monday.
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What Do People Do?

Many people spend time with family members or close friends on Easter Monday. People may  attend special church services, local fairs or sports events. Many people do not have to work on Good Friday or Easter Monday so the long Easter weekend is a popular time for short vacations in Ireland or abroad.

Parades and other events are held to commemorate the Easter Rising that occurred in 1916. These often start at or pass the Garden Of Remembrance, the General Post Office or the old yard of Arbour Hill prison in Dublin. These locations have memorials to those who died during the Easter Rising. Some parades are politically sensitive and so it is recommended that people should research the events carefully before taking part.

Public Life

Public life is generally quiet on Easter Monday. Banks, post offices and many other businesses and organizations are closed. However, stores and pubs are generally open, although they may open later and close earlier than usual. Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. There may be some local disruption to traffic if roads are closed for events.


The Easter date in Ireland and many other countries depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. In the past, Easter celebrations often lasted for a week from Easter Sunday. This period was known as Easter Week. However, this tradition largely died out by the mid 1800s. The Bank Holidays Act 1871 officially designated Easter Monday as a public holiday.

A rebellion against British rule began in Dublin on Easter Monday (April 24) in 1916. This rebellion lasted until Saturday, April 29, and became known as the Easter Rising. Hundreds of people, including civilians, died. The Easter Rising is now seen as an important point in the struggle for Irish independence.

About Easter Monday in other countries

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Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
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. It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland.

Easter Monday 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Monday 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017


Name in other languages

Easter MondayEnglish
Luan CáscaIrish
Annen påskedagNorwegian

Alternative name

Andre påskedag

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in March 2016 in Ireland

Fun Holiday on March 28, 2016

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