Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians worldwide, and Easter in Cameroon is celebrated with a public holiday on Good Friday.
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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.
Easter time in Cameroon is both a religious celebration and a time to spend focused on family. There are some inroads of Easter beginning to turn commercial, with a big shopping rush and sales now a staple this time of year, but it’s still primarily a “holy day” and not just a “holiday” in Cameroon.
Many will attend church for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and even some other days during Holy Week. And many choose to hold baptisms, confirmation, and marriage ceremonies around Easter as well.
But Easter is also a time off from work for three or four days straight for many people, and it’s a time when relatives who haven’t met for some time finally see each other again.