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Easter Monday in United States

Quick Facts

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday. It is not a federal holiday in the United States of America (USA).

Local names

NameLanguage
Easter MondayEnglish
Lunes de PascuaSpanish

Easter Monday 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015
See list of observations below
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday. It is not a federal holiday in the United States of America (USA). Some Easter traditions continue on the Easter Monday, such as the egg rolling race at the White House.
Easter Monday
Egg rolling is a popular activity on Easter Monday. ©iStockphoto.com/Shannon Long

What do people do?

Egg rolling races are held in the United States. There is a big race held on the lawn of the White House in Washington DC on Easter Monday. Sometimes even the President takes part in the “White House Easter Egg Roll”, which was hosted by the First Lady in 2007. Eggs are rolled down a hill or slope and there is a variety of activities, as well as food and entertainment, for families.

The White House Easter egg collection involves a tradition that began in 1994 where each state sends a decorated egg to the White House for display. Artists from across the United States created decorated eggs that represent each state and the District of Columbia. Each year the artists vote amongst themselves to select the artist to create the following year's commemorative egg which is presented to the President and First Lady. The collection is coordinated by the American Egg Board.

Public life

Easter Monday is not a federal holiday. Most aspects of public life are not any different to any other Monday. Public transit systems usually run their regular Monday schedule in many parts of the United States.

Though not largely observed in the United States, the day remains informally observed in some areas such as the state of North Dakota, where there is no school on Easter Monday, and some cities. Easter Monday was a public holiday in North Carolina from 1935 to 1987. Traditionally Polish-influenced areas such as Chicago observe Dyngus Day as well.

Background

In Pagan times, many groups of people organized spring festivals. Many of these celebrated the re-birth of nature, the return the land to fertility and the birth of many young animals. These are the origins of the Easter eggs that we still hunt for and eat.

In Christian times, the spring began to be associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The idea of the resurrection joined with the ideas of re-birth in Pagan beliefs.

Symbols

For people with strong Christian beliefs, the Cross, on which Jesus was crucified, and the Resurrection are important symbols of the period around Easter. Other symbols of Easter include real eggs or eggs manufactured from a range of materials, nests, lambs and rabbits or hares. Sometimes these symbols are combined, for example, in candy models of rabbits with nests full of eggs. Eggs, rabbits, hares and young animals are thought to represent the re-birth and return to fertility of nature in the spring.

About Easter Monday in other countries

Read more about Easter Monday.

Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 71980Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 201981Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 121982Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 41983Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 231984Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 81985Easter MondayChristian 
MonMar 311986Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 201987Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 41988Easter MondayChristian 
MonMar 271989Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 161990Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 11991Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 201992Easter MondayChristian 
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MonApr 41994Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 171995Easter MondayChristian 
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MonMar 311997Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 131998Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 51999Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 242000Easter MondayChristian 
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MonApr 12002Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 212003Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 122004Easter MondayChristian 
MonMar 282005Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 172006Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 92007Easter MondayChristian 
MonMar 242008Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 132009Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 52010Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 252011Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 92012Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 12013Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 212014Easter MondayChristian 
MonApr 62015Easter MondayChristian 

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