Easter is a Christian holiday, celebrated all over the world. The date lands on the Sunday after the March equinox. In New Zealand, it is a four day weekend, with Good Friday landing on the Friday before and Easter Monday landing on the Monday after. Many families choose to travel or go on vacation.

Upcoming Dates For Easter

Since Easter is adjusted around the March equinox, the date changes each year. Make sure to find out the dates for Good Friday and Easter Monday as well. It will help you plan your four-day weekend. Here are the upcoming dates for Easter Sunday:

  • Sunday, April 16, 2017
  • Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Sunday, April 21, 2019
  • Sunday, April 12, 2020
  • Sunday, April 4, 2021
  • Sunday, April 17, 2022
  • Sunday, April 7, 2023
  • Sunday, March 31, 2024
  • Sunday, April 20, 2025

Where Is Easter Considered a Holiday?

Easter Sunday is a holiday everywhere in New Zealand. Along with most of the world. It accompanies Good Friday and Easter Monday, making it a four-day weekend. During this weekend, almost everything will be closed. On Easter Sunday, particularly. There is limited public transportation, if any. There are no government businesses open. There are also very few shops open, but some do remain open on certain days in the weekend.

Festivities & Events During Easter

Easter Sunday is celebrated, most commonly, with family. In the early morning, children will participate in an Easter-egg hunt. Often these are offered by businesses as a way of attracting new customers. Otherwise, the eggs are hidden by parents who tell the children an Easter bunny left them behind. This is a fun activity on Easter morning for many children around the world. The eggs may be chocolate, or simply painted hard-boiled eggs. It's all about the search, more than the actual egg. Then, for dinner, there is often a cooked feast. This feast is enjoyed by family and friends. It's about connecting with one another. Religious families will participate in church activities, including sermons regarding Jesus Christ and the bible.

A Brief History About Easter

Easter is a celebration, in the Christian religion, of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the bible says, Jesus Christ was crucified on Good Friday and rose on Easter Sunday. Many families enjoy church sermons throughout the weekend, to feel close to Jesus Christ. This is a holiday celebrated all over the world. One of the only holidays to fall consistently on the same day worldwide. This is because the date is adjusted around the March equinox.