Holy Saturday in the United Kingdom
Holy Saturday falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom. 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 Even and the Great Sabbath.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians in the United Kingdom participate in an Easter vigil service on Holy Saturday to mark the end of the Lent period before celebrating Easter. They remember Holy Saturday as the day when Jesus lay in his tomb. Many services are held in the evening of Holy Saturday, where candles are lit to proclaim Jesus Christ’s rising. Some church services are held in total darkness before the candles are lit. Some churches have baptisms, renewal of baptismal vows, and confirmations on Holy Saturday.
Many people in the United Kingdom take time off on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday to enjoy the long Easter weekend. Many people go on a trip to enjoy the short holiday break. Some people spend time in the countryside while others travel to other countries in Europe, such as France, Spain or Portugal.
Many families prepare Easter eggs 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. Chocolate Easter eggs are popular around this time of the year. Some radio stations that feature classical music play special songs sung by cathedral choirs on Holy Saturday.
Holy Saturday is not a national bank holiday in the United Kingdom.
Background and Symbols
Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and ends the season of Lent. Easter vigil services in the United Kingdom on Holy Saturday can be traced back to the early years of Christianity during the time of the Roman empire. One tradition that still has symbolic significance today is lighting candles during the Easter vigil services. The lit candle, known as the Paschal candle, signifies 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 Kingdom.
Holy Saturday 2017Saturday, April 15, 2017
Holy Saturday 2018Saturday, March 31, 2018
Name in other languages
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 9, 2017
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 13, 2017
- Good Friday – Friday, April 14, 2017
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 16, 2017
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 17, 2017
Other holidays in April 2018 in the United Kingdom
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 1, 2018
- 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