Easter Monday

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2024 Date1 April 2024
2025 Date21 April 2025

Easter Monday

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Easter Monday History

Easter Monday marks the culmination of the Holy Week. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament of the Bible, acknowledging that Christ’s resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. It is an important observance in Christianity, in terms of both religious and cultural aspects, and is widely recognized around the world.

In Denmark, Easter Monday is a public holiday with deep historical roots. The observance traces back to early Christianity in Denmark, marking the conclusion of traditional Easter festivities. The holiday is associated with various Danish customs and traditions, which have evolved over centuries and have become an integral part of the celebration.

In observance of Easter Monday, Denmark generally witnesses a quiet and peaceful atmosphere as people spend time with their families, often involving outdoor activities if the weather permits. It is also common to see people indulging in Påskeliljer (Easter lilies) and enjoying Påskeæg (Easter eggs), which are well-known symbols associated with the holiday. Easter Monday in Denmark falls on the day after Easter Sunday, which can be anytime between March 22 and April 25, as the date of Easter changes each year based on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

Top facts about Easter Monday

  • The Paschal full moon dictates the date of Easter every year. The Paschal full moon, in the Gregorian Calendar, means that Easter falls on the first full moon after the spring equinox, or March 21.
  • Holy Week is the celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday, continues on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and ends on Easter Sunday. Not all countries include Easter Monday into their Holy Weeks.
  • The tradition of “gækkebrev” (teaser letters) is very popular in Denmark around Easter. Although not specific to Easter Monday, Danish children create these teaser letters, cutting intricate designs into paper which are often snowflake-like, and include a short poem. The letter is signed only with a number of dots corresponding to the sender's name. If the recipient of the letter can guess who sent it, the sender owes them a chocolate egg.
  • Easter Monday is considered the end of the quiet period of Lent, so entertainment, parties, and concerts are often held on this day.

Easter Monday Top Things to Do

  • If the weather permits, gather your friends and family for a picnic or outdoor barbecue. Enjoy some delicious food and engage in fun outdoor games or activities.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #EasterMonday, #Easter, #Pascha and #EasterEggs.
  • Explore the historic Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, also known as the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet, or Roskilde Cathedral, the burial site of many Danish kings and queens.
  • Many families in Denmark have a tradition of hosting Easter egg hunts for children on Easter Monday. Eggs are often filled with small toys or candy.

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