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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.

Is Easter Monday a Public Holiday?

Easter Monday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Easter egg hunts - a popular activity for kids.
Easter egg hunts - a popular activity for kids.
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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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010MonApr 5Easter MondayNational holiday 
2011MonApr 25Easter MondayNational holiday 
2012MonApr 9Easter MondayNational holiday 
2013MonApr 1Easter MondayNational holiday 
2014MonApr 21Easter MondayNational holiday 
2015MonApr 6Easter MondayNational holiday 
2016MonMar 28Easter MondayNational holiday 
2017MonApr 17Easter MondayNational holiday 
2018MonApr 2Easter MondayNational holiday 
2019MonApr 22Easter MondayNational holiday 
2020MonApr 13Easter MondayNational holiday 

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