APR 1 (or Mar) - Easter Monday

APRIL 1, 2013* - Easter Monday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is celebrated as a holiday in some largely Christian cultures, especially Roman Catholic cultures. Easter Monday in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar is the second day of the octave of Easter Week.

Formerly, the post-Easter festivities involved a week of secular celebration, but this was reduced to one day in the 19th century. Events include egg rolling competitions and, in predominantly Roman Catholic countries, dousing other people with water which traditionally had been blessed with holy water the day before at Easter Sunday Mass and carried home to bless the house and food.

In Poland and parts of the United States, Easter Monday is called Dyngus Day, meaning "Wet Monday", referring to traditional pranks involving water.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches which follow the Byzantine Rite, Easter Monday is known as Bright Monday or Renewal Monday, and is the second day of Bright Week. The services are exactly the same as on Pascha (Easter Sunday), except that the hymns from the Octoechos are in Tone Two. It is customary to have a Crucession (procession headed by a cross) either after Paschal Matins or after the Paschal Divine Liturgy. It is customarily a day for visiting family and friends. Easter Monday is also the day when St. George is celebrated, in years when the regular St George's Day (April 23) comes on or before Easter.

Dyngus Day in the United States

Traditionally Polish areas of the country such as Chicago observe Easter Monday as Dyngus Day. In the United States, Dyngus Day celebrations are widespread and popular in Buffalo, New York, Wyandotte, Michigan, Hamtramck, Michigan, La Porte and South Bend, Indiana. Wet Monday is also celebrated at Jonathan Edwards College, one of the residential colleges at Yale University, when each year the freshman class storms the college with water weapons, where upperclassmen are ready to defend the college and ensure no one goes home dry.

Elsewhere in the world

    * In Battle Creek, Michigan, people eat cased meats (i.e. Hotdogs, Brats, Polish Sausage)smothered in kraut, onions and mustard.
    * In Canada, people eat Easter eggs and enjoy time outdoors.
    * In Germany, people go out into the fields early in the morning and hold Easter egg races. For Roman Catholics, Easter Monday is also a Holy Day of Obligation in Germany.
    * In Guyana, people fly kites, which are made on Holy Saturday.
    * In Leicestershire, England the people of Hallaton hold a bottle-kicking match and Hare Pie Scramble.
    * In the Netherlands, people eat a festive breakfast and go hiking or cycling in the countryside.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*Easter Monday will be celebrated as follows:
                  2013 – April 1
                  2014 – April 21