Is Easter Sunday a Public Holiday in Canada?
Easter Sunday is not observed as a public holiday in Canada. However, it is considered a statutory holiday in almost all of Canadian Territories and Provinces except Quebec, where it is considered an optional holiday. Easter Sunday is followed by Easter Monday, which is a holiday in Canada. Since it falls on Sunday, most businesses, retail shops, shopping malls and religious establishments remain open and operational.
However, all government and public sector offices, schools, colleges and universities, academic institutions, banks, post offices and liquor stores remain closed on this day.
Easter Sunday History
Several Spring festivals celebrating nature’s birth and rebirth, fertility and the new birth are associated with Pagan Gods as well as Jesus’s Crucifixion. For many Christians in Canada, Easter celebrations begin with Lent, a 40-day period where people perform penance and remember Jesus Christ and his preachings. Easter Sunday is observed in several communities in Acadia and Quebec such as Saint-Joseph-du-Moine (Cape Breton Island), Chéticamp, Fatima (Îles de la Madeleine), and much more.
Easter Celebrations in Canada
Canadians celebrate Easter Sunday just like any other country in the world. Christians residing in Canada attend Church services from Good Friday to Easter Sunday and then Easter Monday. The day is celebrated with family gatherings, get-togethers, gorging on delicious foods, carrying out Easter Hunt and exchanging gifts with loved ones. Special delicacies are prepared on Easter such as Hot Cross Buns, Lamb, Cakes, Potatoes, Spring Vegetables, Chocolate Baked Tarts and much more. Hot Cross Buns are majorly prepared and consumed on the day of Easter in Canada, for they are sweet-spiced buns filled dried fruits and eaten traditionally amongst people to mark the occasion.
Easter Sunday Observances
|2019||Sun||21 April||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|2020||Sun||12 April||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|2021||Sun||4 April||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|2022||Sun||17 April||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|2023||Sun||9 April||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|2024||Sun||31 March||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|2025||Sun||20 April||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
1. Is Easter Sunday a bank holiday in Canada?
Easter Sunday is observed as a bank holiday in Canada.
2. How Canadians celebrate Easter?
Canadians celebrate this day with family gatherings, Easter egg hunts, exchanging gifts, and much more.
3. What does the Bible say about Easter Sunday?
This verse of the Holy Bible sheds light on Jesus’s Resurrection:
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11:25-26.
Easter Sunday Celebrations In Other Countries
- Easter Sunday in the USA
- Easter Sunday in the UK
- Easter Sunday in Australia
- Easter Celebrations in India
- Easter Sunday Celebrations Around the World
The above information, it is evident that Easter Sunday 2024 in Canada is celebrated on Sunday, 31 March with great fervour and passion.
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