Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Quick Facts - DK

AKA NamePaschal Vigil, Påskedag
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2024 Date31 March 2024
2025 Date20 April 2025


Easter, a central Christian observance, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, an event described in the New Testament. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by a period known as Lent, a forty-day duration of fasting, prayer, and penance. It is laden with profound religious symbolism and observance practices making it a time of solemnity, celebration, family gatherings, and feasting.

There is evidence that Easter observances were held in Denmark since the middle ages, preceding even the establishment of Christianity as the state religion. Danish people consider Easter a particularly important time, as Denmark has deep-rooted Christian cultural history. It is also significant because it symbolizes the victory of spring over winter, of life over death, and given Denmark’s geographical location and climate, this aspect of Easter has considerable resonance.

In modern-day Denmark, Easter is observed with both religious and secular customs. Danish churches hold special Easter services, and many people attend these services to honor the religious aspect of the holiday. Secular observances of Easter in Denmark include time spent with family and friends, Easter egg hunts for children, and more notably "gækkebreve", the tradition of sending anonymous letters with a snowdrop attached. The holiday usually occurs from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday in late March or early April, depending on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. This period is a public holiday in Denmark, allowing people to fully participate in the festive observances.

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Facts about Easter Sunday

  • For many Christian congregations, the first Easter service for the year is the Service of Light. The worship typically starts in darkness on the preceding Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Light is brought into the church with candles to signify hope based on the resurrection. The service culminates with the lighting of a paschal candle, signifying Christ.
  • Easter eggs represent new life and also symbolize the shape of Jesus' tomb.

Top things to do in Denmark for Easter

  • Go to a children's Easter egg hunt or hold one of your own. Many churches have them the Saturday before Easter too.
  • Cook an Easter dinner for family and friends. Traditional entrees include lamb or ham. During Lent (period leading up to Easter), many Roman Catholics exclude meat from their diet, so Easter is often indulgent on meat.

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