Easter Monday is celebrated around the world, in various ways, Public Holiday in many places.
In Canada. A proportion of Canadians have a day off work on Easter Monday and for some it is the end of a four-day weekend. People who have been on a short vacation or who have visited family or friends often travel home on Easter Monday. For others, it is a chance to eat their easter eggs, relax and, depending on the weather and when Easter falls, enjoy some time outdoors.
Beautifully decorated eggs, including those that are dyed red to symbolize Jesus Christ’s blood, are seen during the Orthodox Easter period. ©iStockphoto.com/ vaskoni
Central and eastern Europe.
Dingus Day or Wet Monday (Polish Śmigus-Dyngus or lany poniedziałek) is the name for Easter Monday in Poland. In the Czech Republic it is called velikonoční pondělí or pomlázka. In Slovakia veľkonočný pondelok (Easter Monday) is called Šibačka/Polievačka or Oblievačka. too. In Hungary Locsolkodás. All countries practice a unique custom on this day.
- In Germany, people go out into the fields early in the morning and hold Easter egg races. For Roman Catholics, Easter Monday is also a Holy Day of Obligation in Germany.
In Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic traditionally, early in the morning boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them about the legs with long thin twigs or switches made from willow, birch or decorated tree branches; however, the earliest documented records of Dingus Day in Poland are from the 15th century, almost half a millennium after Poland adopted Christianity
- In Canada, It is a public holiday for many, especially government offices.
- In Guyana, people fly kites, which are made on Holy Saturday.
- In Leicestershire, England the people of Hallaton hold a bottle-kicking match and Hare Pie Scramble.
- In the Netherlands, people eat a festive breakfast and go hiking or cycling in the countryside.
- In Australia, Easter Monday is a public holiday. People enjoy outdoor sporting events, such as the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival in South Australia,Australian Three Peaks Race in Tasmania as well as the Stawell Gift.
- In Egypt, the ancient festival of Sham El Nessim (Arabic: شم النسيم, literally meaning “smelling of the breeze”) is celebrated on the Coptic (i.e. Eastern) Easter Monday, though the festival dates back to Pharonic times (about 2700 BC). It is celebrated by both Egyptian Christians and Muslims as an Egyptian national holiday rather than as a religious one. Traditional activities include painting eggs, taking meals outdoors, and eating feseekh (fermented mullet).
- Though not largely observed in the United States, the day remains informally observed in some areas such as the state of North Dakota, and some cities in New York, Michigan, and Indiana. Easter Monday was a public holiday in North Carolina from 1935 to 1987. Texas and Maryland schools often have two holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday.Traditionally Polish areas of the country such as Chicago, and more recently Cleveland, observe Easter Monday as Dingus Day. In the United States, Dingus Day celebrations are widespread and popular in Buffalo; Wyandotte and Hamtramck in Michigan; South Bend and La Porte in Indiana; and Hanover, New Hampshire. Wet Monday is also celebrated at Jonathan Edwards College, one of the residential colleges at Yale University, when each year the freshman class storms the college with water weapons, where upperclassmen are ready to defend the college and ensure no one goes home dry.
Have a safe and joyous day with family or friends, wherever you are.
And see what the Easter Bunny brought. Thank you good neighbour.