Easter Monday (also known as Egg Nyte, Renewal Monday, Bright Monday, or Wet Monday) is the day after Easter Sunday. It is celebrated as a holiday in many countries embracing some largely Christian cultures, especially Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox cultures. UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries all over the world observe the date as a public holiday.
When is Easter Monday 2014?
Easter Monday 2014 falls on Monday, 21 April 2014.
Easter Monday Terms in Different Countries
Here is the list of terms referring to Easter Monday in some countries.
Easter Monday in UK, Australia, New Zealand, and US
Lundi de Pâques in France
Ostermontag in Germany
Śmigus-Dyngus or lany poniedziałek in Poland
velikonoční pondělí or pomlázka in Czech Republic
veľkonočný pondelok or Oblievačka in Slovakia
Locsolkodás or lany poniedziałek in Hungary
Easter Monday Around the World
Easter Monday Celebration in Australia
All territories and states in Australia observe Easter Monday as a public holiday. Since Easter Monday always falls on Monday, it creates a long weekend in which people may have a short trip to a certain place of interest in Australia. Some sporting events such as Australian Tree Peak Race and Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival are organized in many states of Australia and participated by local people.
Easter Monday Celebration in US
Formerly, Easter Monday was observed as a public holiday in US in which most businesses, schools, and government offices are closed. Later, the government ceased Easter Monday public holiday, yet, public schools and universities are usually closed since the celebration of Easter Monday coincides with school spring break.
Easter Monday Celebration in Egypt
In Egypt, Easter Monday is more a national holiday than a religious festival. Thus, it is observed by both Christians and Muslims in this country. Egyptian people celebrate Coptic Easter Monday by painting the eggs and having meals outdoors with family.
Easter Monday Celebration in Central and Eastern Europe
People in central and eastern Europe call Easter Monday as a Dyngus Day or Wet Monday. Formerly, boys in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia poured a bucket of water to awake girls early in the morning. Furthermore, the boys used to strike the girls’ legs by using willow or birch twigs. The girls who were not targeted by the boys were considered unattractive, and it was unlikely that the girl would get married in the near term.
Recently the tradition changes into a kind of water war in which the girls attack the boys back with water. In Poland, boys and girls usually hide in the balcony of their apartment and wait to pour a bucket of water or throw water balloons to random passers-by. The tradition of striking girls with twigs are almost disappeared lately.