Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Mali it is celebrated with a holiday on 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.
Mali is predominantly a Muslim country, but Easter is nonetheless observed here. Easter Sunday is, of course, the main celebration, but the following Monday is the official holiday on the calendar.
The five percent or so of Malians who practice Christianity look forward to Easter Week each year as a time to remember the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Palm Sunday, they may re-enact Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem by carrying palm leaves to church. On Good Friday, Christ’s death on the cross is emphasised in the service. Some stay up until midnight on Saturday so they can welcome Easter morning.
Going on family picnics or eating a meal at home, family reunions, dancing, singing, playing loud music, and reading the Easter Story from the Bible are ways that Malian Christians celebrate.
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