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Easter Monday in United Kingdom

Quick Facts

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday. It is a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not in Scotland.

Name

Easter Monday

Easter Monday 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015
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Easter Monday occurs after Easter Sunday, which commemorates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief. It is a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland.

Easter composition

Image of Jesus and his mother Mary next to Easter eggs.

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What do people do?

For many people, Easter Monday is the last day in a four day weekend. If people have been on a short vacation or have visited family or friends, who live some distance away, they often travel back on this day. For other people, it is just a welcome day off to enjoy the spring weather or work on their garden or home improvements. In some places, there are egg rolling competitions, Easter bonnet parades, displays of traditional Morris dancing fairs or special sports matches. In Biddenden, Kent, special cakes are distributed in memory of conjoined twins born in 1100, who lived to the age of 34.

In Leicestershire, the villages of Hallaton and Medbourne hold a bottle kicking match. It has been held at least since the early eighteenth century, but its roots may be in pagan times. The event starts with the three bottles and a hare pie, which are actually wooden barrels, a parade through the two villages. Two of the barrels are filled with beer. The third is actually solid wood. The actual game consists of the two teams taking turns to get the three barrels across two streams a mile apart, by any means possible. The game is quite rough and participants can leave the game for refreshments at any time. The winning village gets to take the filled barrels to the local pub.

Public life

 

Easter Monday is a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not Scotland. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, many businesses and organizations are closed. Stores are often open to welcome shoppers, but public transport systems may run to a different timetable. There may be some congestion on train services and roads as people return from trips made during their four-day weekend. In Scotland, Easter Monday is a normal Monday.

Background and symbols

The tradition of having a holiday on the Monday after Easter stems from the medieval festival of Hocktide. This was a two day festival on the Monday and Tuesday after Easter, originating in the eleventh century. Some stories say that on the Monday the men of a town tied up the women and demanded a kiss from them before they were freed. Others say that a man had to carry a women for a certain distance or lift her up a given number of times in return for a kiss. Now Hocktide is only celebrated in the town of Hungerford in Berkshire and the main events are on the Tuesday after Easter. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

About Easter Monday in other countries

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Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 161990Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 11991Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 201992Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 121993Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 41994Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 171995Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 81996Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonMar 311997Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 131998Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 51999Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 242000Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 162001Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 12002Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 212003Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 122004Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonMar 282005Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 172006Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 92007Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonMar 242008Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 132009Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 52010Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 252011Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 92012Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 12013Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 212014Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 62015Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonMar 282016Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 172017Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 22018Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 222019Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL
MonApr 132020Easter MondayCommon Local holidaysENG, NIR, WAL

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