Easter Monday is a public holiday in Australia and will next be observed on Monday the 17th of April 2017.
Easter Monday follows Easter Sunday which is a Christian festival which, according to tradition, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. According to the New Testament, this occurred on the third day of his burial in 30AD.
Easter Monday Public Holiday Date 2017 – What’s Open & Things to Do
The Easter long weekend in Australia will be celebrated with a number of public holidays starting with Good Friday on the 14th of April, Easter Saturday on the 15th of April, Easter Sunday on the 16th of April and Easter Monday on the 17th of April. This has the effect of creating a 4 day long weekend for Australians which means that many families use this time to travel and spend time with their family and friends.
Melbournians celebrate the extended Easter Holiday in a traditional way by not eating meat on Good Friday (except fish) and giving chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday.
One of the most notable events on Easter Monday is the Stawell Gift running race held in Stawell, near the Grampians. The Stawell Gift Foot race draws thousands of visitors to this town every year and the main attraction is 120 metre race run over an uphill gradient which offers $40,000 in prize money.
Please note that some retail shops will be closed on Easter Monday as it is a public holiday. However you will find larger stores and supermarkets, such as Chadstone, Highpoint, Coles, Woolworths and Dan Murphy’s open on Easter Monday. Service stations and restaurants also remain open as it is a popular time for family get-togethers.
You will also find a huge range of attractions in Melbourne which remain open on Easter Monday including the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Sykdeck, the Observation Wheel and the Melbourne Museum.
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