Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Tokelau 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|
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 a dependency of New Zealand, Tokelau shares many public holidays with that nation, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. Easter Sunday is already an off-work day and so is not officially in the public holidays’ repertoire even though it is the centre of the celebrations.
Tokelau’s population is overwhelmingly Christian, mostly Congregationalists and Roman Catholics. They also tend to take their faith very seriously and to celebrate Easter with a focus on Christ’s Resurrection instead of on Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs!
Churches are generally full on Easter Sunday in Tokelau. Everyone tends to dress in white, and there may be special singing and dancing that is a part of the service. The rest of the day is often spent relaxing at home or else recreating at the local beach.