Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in French Polynesia it is celebrated with two holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2021||2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2022||15 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|18 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2023||7 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|10 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2024||29 Mar||Fri||Good Friday|
|1 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
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.
The majority in French Polynesia today are Protestant Christians, but around 30 percent are Roman Catholic as well. Both traditions take Eastertime very seriously here, often holding multiple special services, making charity drives, and expounding the significance of Christ’s resurrection. Some congregations march around their church building holding lit candles after the regular service ends on Holy Saturday. This is called an “Easter Vigil.”
Aside from church, family, and food, Easter is also a time of recreation. People will play or watch soccer or rugby matches. They may head to the beach to swim, sun themselves, surf the waves, go kitesurfing, go diving, or even go on a traditional va’a canoe ride. This is also a time of year when many tourists arrive on international cruises.