Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and on Christmas Island it is celebrated with a holiday on Good Friday.
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The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar, such that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.
Being under Australian jurisdiction, and despite its location in the Indian Ocean closer to Asia than Australia, Easter and Good Friday are both celebrated on Christmas Island.
Less than 10 percent of the small population, however, is Christian. This is largely because most of the residents are of Chinese or Malay or Indian descent and carry on traditions like Buddhism or Islam. Thus, only a minority actually celebrate the religious aspects of Easter here.
Aside from special church services, family dinners, chocolates and painted eggs, and other usual Easter fare, people on Christmas Island like to get out in the fresh air on Easter. It’s a beautiful island with many sights to see, and for locals as well as for tourists. Hiking the forests with their droves of crabs, or watching whale sharks, diving amidst the coral reefs are some of the more popular activities.