Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in New Caledonia it is celebrated with a holiday on Easter Monday.
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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.
As a special collectivity of France, under the Noumea Accords, New Caledonia keeps mostly the same holiday schedule as does France, including the celebration of Easter and Easter Monday.
As New Caledonia is mostly Roman Catholic, an Easter Vigil on the Saturday before Easter is traditional. People stay at church until midnight, at which point they may engage in a candlelight service. Some may even set off fireworks in the streets or in the air to mark the moment.
Easter egg hunts take place in New Caledonia, especially at resorts and restaurants that cater to tourists. Family picnics at the beach are always fun, weather permitting. And family members and friends that one hasn’t seen in a while are likely to visit for Easter dinner. All in all, Easter is a major but not overly commercialised holiday in New Caledonia.