Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom
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.
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 countriesRead more about Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Sun||Apr 4||2010||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 24||2011||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 8||2012||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Mar 31||2013||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 20||2014||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 5||2015||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Mar 27||2016||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 16||2017||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 1||2018||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 21||2019||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Sun||Apr 12||2020||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
Quick FactsEaster Sunday is a Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection.
Easter Sunday 2017Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday 2018Sunday, April 1, 2018
Name in other languages
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 9, 2017
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 13, 2017
- Good Friday – Friday, April 14, 2017
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 17, 2017
Other holidays in April 2018 in the United Kingdom
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 2, 2018
- Orthodox Good Friday – Friday, April 6, 2018
- Last day of Passover – Saturday, April 7, 2018
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, April 8, 2018
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, April 9, 2018
- Yom HaShoah – Wednesday, April 11, 2018
- Isra and Mi'raj – Friday, April 13, 2018
- Yom HaAtzmaut – Thursday, April 19, 2018
- St. George's Day – Monday, April 23, 2018