Holy Saturday in the United States
Many Christians in the United States observe Holy Saturday, which falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 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 and is the last day of Lent.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians in the United States attend an Easter vigil service on Holy Saturday. They remember Holy Saturday as the day when Jesus lay in his tomb. An Easter candle is lit in some homes, particularly among families who cannot attend the Easter vigil services. Easter vigil prayers are also made on this day. Baptisms are held during some church services on Holy Saturday.
Many American families prepare for Easter Sunday celebrations 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. Some people buy chocolate eggs to eat around this time of the year. Many people of Mexican descent who live in Los Angeles in California celebrate Holy Saturday with a colorful ceremony known as the Blessing of the Animals.
Holy Saturday is not a federal public holiday in the United States.
Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and ends the season of Lent. It is also known as the Vigil of Easter. One interesting tradition that has been in the United States for a while is the Blessing of the Animals. It is a special tradition in Los Angeles, California, that began around 1930. The blessing was held on January 17, which is the day of San Antonio de Abad (St Anthony of the desert), in earlier times but cold weather promoted the date change. Animals that have been blessed as part of the ceremony have included cats, camels, cows, dogs, donkeys, goats, iguanas, monkeys, and snakes.
Congregation members are sprinkled with blessed water in some churches in the United States. This blessed water symbolizes purification and baptism. Candles that are used for Easter vigil services represent the light of Jesus Christ, and that he brings light into darkness.
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 the United States.
Holy Saturday 2016Saturday, March 26, 2016
Holy Saturday 2017Saturday, April 15, 2017
Name in other languages
|Sábado de Gloria||Spanish|
|יום שבת הקדוש||Hebrew|
Alternative nameSábado Santo
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 20, 2016
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 24, 2016
- Good Friday – Friday, March 25, 2016
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, March 27, 2016
- Easter Monday – Monday, March 28, 2016
Other holidays in March 2017 in the United States
- Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, March 1, 2017
- Texas Independence Day – Thursday, March 2, 2017
- Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 3, 2017
- Casimir Pulaski Day – Monday, March 6, 2017
- Town Meeting Day Vermont – Tuesday, March 7, 2017
- Holi – Sunday, March 12, 2017
- St. Patrick's Day – Friday, March 17, 2017
- Maryland Day – Saturday, March 25, 2017
- Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day – Sunday, March 26, 2017
- Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day – Monday, March 27, 2017
- César Chávez Day – Friday, March 31, 2017