Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and in Greenland it is celebrated with three holidays: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday.
|2020||9 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2021||1 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|2 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|5 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2022||14 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|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.
The bulk of Greenlandic Easter traditions stem from Denmark. But the unique climate and landscape of Greenland, and its sheer distance from Denmark, make it unsurprising that Greenland has some Easter traditions of its own.
In Greenland, Easter falls at a wonderful time of year as temperatures become less cold. For this reason, getting out of doors for Easter egg hunts and other spring activities is a must.
A lunch of lamb is the traditional Easter meal in Greenland. And people certainly take time to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at a local church if they can. But others are more adventurous and spend time watching wildlife nearby melting glaciers or staying up late to see the last glimmers of the Northern Lights viewing season.