Easter Tuesday

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Easter Tuesday
Observed by Christendom
Type Christian
Observances church services
Date third day of the Octave of Easter
2016 date
  • March 29 (Western Churches)
  • May 3 (Eastern Churches)
2017 date
  • April 18 (Western Churches)
  • April 18 (Eastern Churches)
2018 date
  • April 3 (Western Churches)
  • April 10 (Eastern Churches)

Easter Tuesday is the third day of the Octave of Easter and is a holiday in some areas. Easter Tuesday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the third day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the third day of Bright Week.

Cultural observances[edit]

Australia and New Zealand[edit]

Easter Tuesday is a normal working day in all Australian states and territories except Tasmania, where it is a legal holiday for only some workers.[1] Historically, when the Australian academic year was divided into three terms, Easter Tuesday was an extension of the Easter break within Term 1 in Sydney to allow children to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Easter Tuesday is not a public holiday in New Zealand, but in the public education sector it is a mandatory holiday.[2] Easter Tuesday was a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand in 2000 by happenstance as it coincided with ANZAC Day, and in 2011 as a substitute holiday as Easter Monday and ANZAC Day coincided.[3]

United Kingdom[edit]

Although Easter Tuesday is not a holiday in the United Kingdom, a proposal for a five-term academic year with fixed term lengths would see Easter Tuesday become a school holiday as an extension to the Easter weekend (a mini-break within the fourth term).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WorkSafe Tasmania : Public Holidays". Worksafe.tas.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Schools closed on Easter Tuesday". Parents.education.govt.nz. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  3. ^ "2011 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS | Australian Federation of Employers & Industries". Afei.org.au. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  4. ^ "BBC News - EDUCATION - Inquiry to consider five-term year". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-17.