Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and in Tuvalu the season is celebrated with three holidays on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday.
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|11 Apr||Sat||Holy Saturday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2021||2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|3 Apr||Sat||Holy Saturday|
|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2022||15 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|16 Apr||Sat||Holy Saturday|
|18 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
The main day, Easter Sunday, isn’t made an official holiday since people normally take Sundays off anyway. Often in close proximity to these holidays is Gospel Day, on 11 May, which celebrates the coming of the Gospel to Tuvalu with its first missionaries.
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.
Some say that the word “Easter” derives from the name of a pagan goddess and was later Christianised. Others say it derives from the Old Teutonic German word for “Resurrection”, but either way, Easter was long held to be the most significant holy day on the Christian Calendar. Many in Tuvalu still see it that way, even if Christmas sometimes overshadows it.
For others, however, Easter has become defined as a time to simply kick one’s sandals off and enjoy some free time, perhaps, at the local beach.