Easter is traditionally regarded as the most important of Christian holy days, and Easter in the US Virgin Islands is celebrated with two holidays on Good Friday and the day after Easter Sunday.
|2019||18 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|19 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|22 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2020||9 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|13 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.
The US Virgin Islands may be a US territory that observes US holidays, but it certainly does not observe Easter in nearly the same way as people in the states do.
You can find less stark differences like the greater religious devotion to attending church services during Holy Week or the tradition of wearing black and white clothes only to Easter Sunday church. But the real difference is in the way Easter has become synonymous with camping in the Virgin Islands.
Relatives and friends literally camp out in small “villages” of huddled tents near the shore for anywhere from four days to two weeks. People commonly eat salt fish, flour dumplings, yams, and other seasonal favourites, and swim, sun, and snorkel day after day. Some people even bring out portable generators and run fridges and electric stoves for their annual Easter camping trip!