Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and in Aruba it is celebrated with two holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2021||2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2022||15 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|18 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.
Of course, the run-up to Easter in Aruba begins 40 days earlier, as the Lenten fast begins just after the excesses of Carnival. However, many approach the fast in a flexible way, with some only fasting up until 3pm each day or just eating fish and seafood on Wednesday and Friday instead of red meats.
Palm Sunday, commemorating the day Jesus entered Jerusalem a week before His Resurrection, commences Holy Week. And this is the time not only for church-going but also for beach camping. That’s right, whole families camp out on or near beaches for days on end and indulge in swimming, barbecuing, picnicking, sunbathing, and attendance at on-beach events like concerts, tennis matches, and soccer challenges.
The Path of the Cross procession on the road to Alto Vista Chapel is also a major event every Good Friday. And Sunday is the culmination of a time of focus on faith, family, and food. Easter Monday is the day to relax and recoup.