Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The date of Easter depends on the March equinox, so it ranges each year. Good Friday is the Friday before Easter, and Easter Monday follows.
Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated
Easter is celebrated largely individually. There are no state celebrations, although some states do have Easter Day parades. Here are the upcoming dates for Easter:
- 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 9, 2023
- Sunday, March 31, 2024
- Sunday, April 20, 2025
Where Is Easter Considered A Holiday?
Easter is recognized as a holiday throughout the United States as a Christian holiday. However, it is not a federal holiday. Many offices and businesses are already closed, because it is Sunday. Also, many businesses will choose to close for religious reasons, or time with their family. Public transportation often runs on a Sunday schedule, rather than a holiday schedule.
Festivities & Events During Easter
There are many religious celebrations on Easter. There is a service held in the morning to honor the Savior. There are other non-religious traditions as well. For instance, it is traditional on the evening before Easter to hide chocolate eggs. On Easter morning, the children go on an Easter egg hunt to collect them. It is also a tradition to decorate hard boiled eggs. In the evening of Easter, families often gather to enjoy a large meal. While it was originally a religious holiday, it has become more of a gathering for families than anything else.
A Brief History Of Easter
Easter is a largely Christian-religious holiday. However, the boiled egg hunt is actually part of the Pagan traditions for spring time festivals. Easter is basically celebrated at a time where nature is the most full, coming into spring. Many springtime festivals have been held throughout the years. The reason Easter and the surrounding holidays aren't considered federal is simply because they are so heavily religious. To some businesses, they are important, while others are indifferent to the celebrations.