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Wallis and Futuna

Easter 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Wallis and Futuna

Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Wallis and Futuna 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.

Wallis and Futuna is a French overseas collectivity of France. They are united in many ways to far-away France, including in regard to celebrating Easter and most other holidays.

Most of Wallis and Futuna’s 12,000 or so inhabitants follow the Roman Catholic faith and observe Easter accordingly. The Easter Vigil service begins around 10pm on Holy Saturday, the night before Easter. The service is liturgical and very solemn. An Easter candle is lit, and at one point, the congregation follows a priest or deacon who marches around inside or outside the church carrying the lit candle. At midnight, the Easter service proper begins, and holy communion is taken.

Tapa cloth artwork may adorn the churches and homes and depict various aspects of Easter. At home, people may get a break from eating fish since Lent has finally ended! They may also indulge in some locally made kava brew and engage in traditional islander singing and dancing.