Home > Calendar > Holidays > United Kingdom > Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday in United Kingdom

Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom is a Christian holiday about Jesus Christ's resurrection. The Easter date is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the March equinox.

Easter Monday
Easter eggs are a popular treat for children on Easter Sunday.
Easter eggs are a popular treat for children on Easter Sunday.
©iStockphoto.com/Shannon Long

What do people do?

People who regularly attend church often attend special services on Easter Sunday. These may be longer or more elaborate than on other Sundays. In churches, it is generally a festive occasion with an emphasis on the dawn of a new life. In Battersea Park in London, there is a large Easter parade.

Easter is an important time for the confectionery industry. In the United Kingdom, Easter eggs are often large hollow chocolate eggs filled with bonbons or other candy. The eggs are covered in decorative foil and packaged in elaborate boxes.

Many people celebrate Easter Sunday by decorating, exchanging or searching for eggs. The eggs may be fresh or boiled eggs laid by chickens or other birds, chocolate eggs or eggs made of other materials. Many children believe that the Easter bunny or rabbit comes to their house or garden to hide eggs. They may search for these eggs or find that the Easter bunny has left them in an obvious place.

Some businesses and attractions hold Easter egg hunts. These can be competitions to see who can collect the most eggs. In some parts of the United Kingdom, people roll hard boiled down slopes. In other places, there is a game in which people roll hard boiled eggs against other peoples' eggs. The winner is the person whose egg remains whole. After the game, the eggs are eaten. In some parts of Scotland, fondant filled chocolate eggs about the size of a hen's egg are covered in batter and deep fried.

Public life

On Easter Sunday nearly all non-essential businesses and organizations are closed. In England and Wales, stores are also closed. In Scotland, they are allowed to open.  Public transport systems may run on a different schedule from other Sundays. In some areas there may be no public transport.

Background and symbols

Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. For many people, Easter marks the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. However, many of the origins of the customs around Easter originate in the pagan beliefs held by the inhabitants of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland before they were converted to Christianity.

About Easter Sunday in other countries

Read more about Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunApr 151990Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunMar 311991Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 191992Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 111993Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 31994Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 161995Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 71996Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunMar 301997Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 121998Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 41999Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 232000Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 152001Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunMar 312002Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 202003Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 112004Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunMar 272005Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 162006Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 82007Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunMar 232008Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 122009Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 42010Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 242011Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 82012Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunMar 312013Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 202014Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 52015Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunMar 272016Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 162017Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 12018Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 212019Easter SundayBank holiday 
SunApr 122020Easter SundayBank holiday 

Quick Facts

Easter Sunday is a Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection.

Easter Sunday 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016



Easter Sunday
List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in April 2016 in United Kingdom

Fun Holidays on April 5, 2016

Other calendars

Related links