Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Saint Lucia 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|
|2023||7 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|10 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2024||29 Mar||Fri||Good Friday|
|1 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.
All of Holy Week is a special time of year for most islanders, who are predominantly Christian. You will find Easter traditions in Saint Lucia that are shared by many other nations, such as colouring Easter eggs, giving out chocolate bunnies and Easter baskets, eating Easter dinner with the family, and attending special Easter church services. But there are also some rather unique traditions here.
First, everyone eats accra on Good Friday. Accra is a kind of shredded fish that is battered and deep-fried. For dessert, penepis is standard. Penepis is a delicious biscuit full of ginger and a host of other spices.
On Easter Sunday and Monday, or anytime around Easter when there is sufficient wind, kids love to fly kites. They were often made of coloured paper, plastic bags, and coconut-tree branches for sticks in the past. Nowadays, however, there are more store-bought kites than homemade ones.