Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Benin it is celebrated with a holiday on Easter Monday.
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|2023||10 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2024||1 Apr||Mon||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.
Like much of sub-Saharan Africa, Christianity is the most commonly held religion in the nation of Benin. Roman Catholicism is the largest denomination, and this affects how Easter is celebrated here by many. But all Christian groups consider Easter to be the most important of all Christian holidays.
Easter in Benin is more church and family-oriented than in the more industrialised and affluent nations of the West. Attending special church services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday is common. A large festive meal at home that breaks the Lenten fast is another highlight.
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|2020||13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2019||22 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2018||2 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2017||17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|