Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Samoa it is celebrated with holidays on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday.
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|11 Apr||Sat||Easter Saturday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2021||2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|3 Apr||Sat||Easter Saturday|
|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2022||15 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|16 Apr||Sat||Easter Saturday|
|18 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2023||7 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|8 Apr||Sat||Easter Saturday|
|10 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2024||29 Mar||Fri||Good Friday|
|30 Mar||Sat||Easter Saturday|
|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.
Samoans are mostly Christian and tend to be very religious, in contrast with much of the Western World of our day. Attending church on Easter is a must. Aside from the preaching and other aspects of the church service, there is usually a traditional Samoan Easter dance performed in front of the congregation. Traditional music and lyrics to do with the season are played and sung as the dance moves synchronise with them.
Most of the day is spent quietly at home after the Easter service is over. Family members catch up with each other if they’ve not seen each other for some time, a meal is shared, and a little rest may be taken.