Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Saint Helena it is celebrated with a holiday on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
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|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
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.
Saint Helena, a small British island-dependency in the South Atlantic, not only celebrates Easter but has developed a number of unique Easter traditions on top of the usual British traditions.
On Maundy Thursday, fisherman go out and fish late into the evening to find their Good Friday catch. Lanterns dot the bay all night. In case fishing isn’t so good on Thursday, fish are caught earlier in the week to ensure a full Good Friday fish fry. Favourites on Good Friday include sweet bullseye, silverfish, and conger eel.
Glazed fruit buns are eaten throughout Easter Week. Some go camping for much of the week. And many attend church at least on Easter Morning if not on Good Friday as well.