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Easter Monday in New Zealand

Easter Monday is a statutory public holiday in New Zealand. It is on the Monday after Easter Sunday, in which Christians remember Jesus Christ's resurrection.

Easter egg hunts - a popular activity for kids.
Easter egg hunts - a popular activity for kids.
©iStockphoto.com/René Mansi

What Do People Do?

In New Zealand, Easter Monday is the last day of a four-day weekend, which includes Good Friday. Many people return from short trips out of town, while others relax at home. Many families take part in an Easter egg hunt and other Easter related activities. Chocolate eggs are especially popular to eat. Some churches hold special Easter Monday services.

Public Life

Easter Monday is a public holiday in New Zealand so schools, government offices and many businesses are closed.


Easter Monday, the day after Jesus' resurrection, used to be regarded as unlucky and was therefore known as Black Monday. These days it is a day off for many countries, including New Zealand. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.


For people with strong Christian beliefs, the Cross, on which Jesus was crucified, and the Resurrection are important symbols of the period around Easter. Other symbols of Easter include real eggs or eggs manufactured from a range of materials, nests, lambs and rabbits or hares. Sometimes these symbols are combined, for example, in candy models of rabbits with nests full of eggs. Eggs, rabbits, hares and young animals are thought to represent the re-birth and return to fertility of nature in the spring.

About Easter Monday in other countries

Read more about Easter Monday.

Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
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 and is a public holiday in New Zealand.

Easter Monday 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter Monday 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019


Name in other languages

Easter MondayEnglish
Annen påskedagNorwegian

Alternative name

Andre påskedag

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in April 2019 in New Zealand

United Nation Holiday on April 2, 2019

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