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What is the point of Easter Monday?

  1. calynbana profile image81
    calynbanaposted 5 years ago

    What is the point of Easter Monday?

    Why is it a holiday?

  2. MickS profile image72
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    Because that is the way it is.  Better to be a holiday than not a holiday.  There is some info on the web.  It stems from an old English festival - Hocktied.  Try here http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/easter-monday

    1. MickS profile image72
      MickSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Some authorities suggest that, Hocktide, is celebrated on the 2nd Monday and Tuesday after Easter, I suppose that Easter Monday was made a bank holiday to rationalise it.  Jewels', Octave of Easter, not heard of that, must look it up.

  3. xanzacow profile image70
    xanzacowposted 5 years ago

    Because all of the federal offices are already off on Sunday.

  4. Jewels profile image83
    Jewelsposted 4 years ago

    Was it intended to get over the shock of the resurrection?  Sorry, couldn't help it!

    There used to be eight days of celebration, the period was known as the Octave of Easter and was calculated depending on the March Equinox.  For a long time (in Australia anyway) we had the Tuesday off also, this stopped about three decades ago.  Holidays aside, it's interesting to see the period is aligned to the Equinox, just as Christmas aligns more to the Solstice.  These are Pagan traditions which were adopted by the church.