Earlier post-Easter festivities lasted for a week, but they were reduced to one day in the 19th century. Since then Easter Monday has become a public holiday.
Many of Easter Monday traditions have religious origins, but they gained a secular character. Among them are egg rolling competitions and dousing other people with water. The latter derived from the tradition to carry holy water to home on Sunday and bless the house and food.
Every country has its own traditions. For instance, in Australia people enjoy outdoor sporting events. In central Europe boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking legs with twigs of willow or birch. Easter Monday is not largely observed in North America, but at some places the employees are given a holiday. In Ireland Easter Monday is a remembrance day of the people who died in the Easter Rising of 1916. Until 1966 the parade of veterans was held.Remind me with Google Calendar
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