Easter in 2021
Good Friday is 2nd April 2021
Easter Sunday is 4th April 2021
Easter Monday is 5th April 2021
What is Good Friday?
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
What is Easter Sunday ?
Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day Jesus rose from the dead after he was crucified.
What is Easter Monday?
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a public holiday in Australia and some other Christian countries.
The Origin of Easter
Easter takes its name from Eostre, a pagan goddess (before Christ) from Anglo-Saxon England.
Eostre was a goddess of spring or renewal.
Rabbits are associated with fertility and were symbols linked to the pagan goddess Eostre. Chocolate Rabbits are also very common these days.
Eggs were highly associated with new life, renewal under pagan traditiond, and again Chocolate Eggs are very common these days.
A history of Easter / Eostre.
In AD 595, Pope Gregory sent a mission of 40 monks led by a Benedictine called Augustine, prior of St Andrew’s monastery in Rome (and later the first Archbishop of Canterbury), to England with instructions to convert the pagan inhabitants to Christianity. Augustine was advised to allow the outward forms of the old, heathen festivals and beliefs to remain intact, but wherever possible to superimpose Christian ceremonies and philosophy on them.
Easter Shop Opening Hours
An example of shopping centre opening times during Easter in:
- Good Friday: Closed
- Easter Saturday: Open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Easter Sunday: Open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Easter Monday: Open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Not all the states are the same, some have restrictions on trading during Easter Sunday.
It is best to check with your local stores.