Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and Easter in Timor Leste is celebrated with a holiday on Holy 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.
Timor Leste is ninety-seven percent Roman Catholic, although surrounded by majority-Muslim Indonesia. It is a bastion of Catholic Easter traditions in a region of the world where such is not all that common. The whole Easter weekend is a focal point of both religious devotion and recreation.
Many walk the stations of the cross on Good Friday, attend midnight mass on Holy Saturday, and celebrate the Resurrection at church and at home on Easter Sunday itself. Some also celebrate the previous Sunday, Palm Sunday, and take off the day after Easter, which is Easter Monday. That makes for a week-long celebration, more or less, even if everyone doesn’t have all those days off work.