Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and Easter in Uruguay is observed with two holidays on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
|2020||9 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|2021||1 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|2022||14 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|15 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
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.
Uruguay is almost unique among Latin American nations in its stand on “separation of church and state”. Since 1919, all religious holidays have been fully “translated” into secularised “equivalents”.
That’s not to say that the faithful don’t still celebrate Holy Week as in times of old, but the nation as a whole generally regards Easter as “Tourism Week” – a great time to go on vacation or back to the towns and villages of their birth to spend time with family, or they go somewhere on vacation.