Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and in Sint Maarten the season is celebrated with three holidays on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|12 Apr||Sun||Easter Sunday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2021||2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|4 Apr||Sun||Easter Sunday|
|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2022||15 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Sun||Easter Sunday|
|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.
In Sint Maartin, almost nothing outside of a hotel setting will be open on the Friday or Sunday of Easter, and many stores are open only half a day on Monday. Government law literally prohibits business activities on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, which is a throwback to earlier times compared to most other Caribbean and Western societies.
Camping out on the beach, flying homemade kites, and eating hot cross buns rank among the most conspicuous traditions during Eastertide on Sint Maarten and throughout much of the Caribbean Region.