Australia Bank Holidays 2020 are the list of holidays, which include merriment and offer some relief from a hectic work schedule. Australia has various holidays, starting with New Year’s Day and ending with Boxing Day in December.

Australians enjoy a certain rule, if the holiday happens to fall on Saturday or a Sunday, the professionals get the next Monday off. This is because the weekends comprise of the two weekly off days in Australia. Certain holidays can be regional while others are national. Dates may also vary from state to state or territory to territory.

Team at 123NewYear has worked hard and brought forward a list of ff-days for Australia, both national and regional. Along with the holiday dates, you also get to know the origin story behind the holiday along with celebrations that define the day.

The list of bank holidays in Australia for 2020 includes.

National and Local holidays

New Year's Day
 Wednesday - 1st of January 2020  National holiday

 All states

New Year's Day is the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar used in Australia and many other countries.

New Year is the day, which people around the world welcome with open arms and a lot of show and pomp. Australia is no different. The only difference is that New Year lands in Australia first. Fireworks at Sydney Harbor are the most magnificent sight that welcomes a New Year as the clock strikes 12. All the other cities, host their own lovely fireworks display and they are fabulous as well. After a happening New Year’s Eve, the first day of a brand new year is usually slow to start.


Australia Day
 Sunday - 26th of January 2020  National holiday

 All states

Australia Day is a day of celebrations for Australians. It is celebrated on January 26 each year.

Australia Day a public occasion on 28th January and is also known as Australia’s national day. It denotes the landing of the First Fleet comprising of British Ships in New South Wales at Port Jackson, on this very date in 1788 as well as the day when the Flag of Great Britain was raised by Captain Arthur Phillip.

Suppose the 28th of January falls on a Saturday or Sunday, at that point the holiday is usually celebrated on the next Monday. The Australia Day festivities have gained quite a lot of pomp and show since the festival includes a huge gathering of people. Australia Day today comprises of formal services around the country alongside nearby occasions that are filled with fun and merriment.


Australia Day observed
 Monday - 27th of January 2020  National holiday

 All states

Australia Day is a day of celebrations for Australians. It is celebrated on January 26 each year.


Royal Hobart Regatta
 Monday - 10th of February 2020  Local holiday

 Tasmania  

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an annual public holiday in southern Tasmania, Australia, on the second Monday in February.


Labour Day
 Monday - 2nd of March 2020  Common local holiday

 Western Australia  

Labour Day in Australia celebrates workers’ role in contributing towards the nation’s economy. It is an annual public holiday but its date varies across the states and territories.

Labour Day is a public occasion in Australia that was initially called ‘Eight Hours Day’. This occasion is honoured on various dates in the Australian States.

In ACT, New South Wales and South Australia, Labor Day happens on the very first Monday of the month of October. In Northern Territory and Queensland, the people celebrate this day on the first Monday in the month of May. The second Monday in March is the day on which residents of Victoria and Tasmania celebrate it.

First Monday of March is the day for Labour Day in Western Australia. It is a public holiday in all the states and territories of Australia during which people can relax or spend peaceful time with their family and friends or go on a getaway trip to enjoy time with friends and family. Picnics or camping and wine tasting are some of the popular choices, which people celebrate Labour Day with. In Brisbane there are marches, which are held on Labour a Day in which the labour union members take part and are led by influential political leaders.


Labour Day
 Monday - 9th of March 2020  Common local holiday

 Victoria  

Labour Day in Australia celebrates workers’ role in contributing towards the nation’s economy. It is an annual public holiday but its date varies across the states and territories.

Labour Day is a public occasion in Australia that was initially called ‘Eight Hours Day’. This occasion is honoured on various dates in the Australian States.

In ACT, New South Wales and South Australia, Labor Day happens on the very first Monday of the month of October. In Northern Territory and Queensland, the people celebrate this day on the first Monday in the month of May. The second Monday in March is the day on which residents of Victoria and Tasmania celebrate it.

First Monday of March is the day for Labour Day in Western Australia. It is a public holiday in all the states and territories of Australia during which people can relax or spend peaceful time with their family and friends or go on a getaway trip to enjoy time with friends and family. Picnics or camping and wine tasting are some of the popular choices, which people celebrate Labour Day with. In Brisbane there are marches, which are held on Labour a Day in which the labour union members take part and are led by influential political leaders.


Eight Hours Day
 Monday - 9th of March 2020  Common local holiday

 Tasmania  

Labour Day in Australia celebrates workers’ role in contributing towards the nation’s economy. It is an annual public holiday but its date varies across the states and territories.


Adelaide Cup
 Monday - 9th of March 2020  Local holiday

 South Australia  

Adelaide Cup is a state holiday and a horse racing event in South Australia.


Canberra Day
 Monday - 9th of March 2020  Local holiday

 Australian Capital Territory  

Canberra Day is a public holiday that celebrates Canberra’s official founding in the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra Day is an open occasion celebrated in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) area of Australia. Canberra is the main city in that area. Canberra Day is commended on the second Monday in the month of March.

On the 12th of March in the year 1913, Lady Denman, wife of the then Governor-General Lord Denman formally named and established the city. This occasion is celebrated on this day. Canberra was chosen as the capital for Australia in the year 1908 instead of Sydney or Melbourne.

Annual occasions related with Canberra Day incorporate the Canberra Festival, which keeps running for the two weeks prior to Canberra Day. From auto shows to firecrackers and a hot air balloon are some of the astounding shows that take place on this day.


Good Friday
 Friday - 10th of April 2020  National holiday

 All states

Good Friday is two days before Easter Sunday and is a national holiday in Australia.

The Friday, which falls prior to Easter Sunday, is known as Good Friday. It is held to commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. It marks the beginning of a 4 day long weekend. Special services are held at the Church, families get together and alcohol sale is avoided on Good Friday.

This day signifies a mourning day for Christians. Many communities fast and abstain from meal consumption. Hot cross buns are a popular custom that many people uphold on this day. Tasmania’s Three Peaks race, Easter Racing Carnival in Sydney and many more sports events are held across Australia in various locations.


Holy Saturday
 Saturday - 11th of April 2020  Common local holiday

 Australian Capital Territory   New South Wales   Northern Territory   Queensland   South Australia   Victoria   Christmas Island   Norfolk Island   Cocos and Keeling Islands   Heard and McDonald Islands  

Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday and is a public holiday in some states and the two territories in Australia.


Easter Sunday
 Sunday - 12th of April 2020  Local holiday

 Victoria  

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

In Australia, Easter Sunday is a public occasion in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. As it falls on a Sunday, it will be a day of relaxation for the vast majority in Australia.

It connotes the end of the forty days of Lent, which means the end of a time of sacrifice by Christians and the beginning of a period of joy and merriment. Easter Sunday is likewise when church chimes will be rung once more, having been noiseless amid Lent.


Easter Sunday
 Sunday - 12th of April 2020  Local holiday

 Queensland  

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

In Australia, Easter Sunday is a public occasion in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. As it falls on a Sunday, it will be a day of relaxation for the vast majority in Australia.

It connotes the end of the forty days of Lent, which means the end of a time of sacrifice by Christians and the beginning of a period of joy and merriment. Easter Sunday is likewise when church chimes will be rung once more, having been noiseless amid Lent.


Easter Sunday
 Sunday - 12th of April 2020  Local holiday

 New South Wales  

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

In Australia, Easter Sunday is a public occasion in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. As it falls on a Sunday, it will be a day of relaxation for the vast majority in Australia.

It connotes the end of the forty days of Lent, which means the end of a time of sacrifice by Christians and the beginning of a period of joy and merriment. Easter Sunday is likewise when church chimes will be rung once more, having been noiseless amid Lent.


Easter Sunday
 Sunday - 12th of April 2020  Local holiday

 Australian Capital Territory  

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

In Australia, Easter Sunday is a public occasion in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. As it falls on a Sunday, it will be a day of relaxation for the vast majority in Australia.

It connotes the end of the forty days of Lent, which means the end of a time of sacrifice by Christians and the beginning of a period of joy and merriment. Easter Sunday is likewise when church chimes will be rung once more, having been noiseless amid Lent.


Easter Monday
 Monday - 13th of April 2020  National holiday

 All states

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a nationwide holiday in Australia.

The weekend that started with Good Friday ends with Easter Monday. This is the final day of celebrations and festivals that have been held all weekend. Numerous musical festivals also take place during Easter weekend, and this day marks the end of it.

Queensland’s Australian Gospel Music Festival and many more such fabulous and amazing musical festivals are held during the Easter weekend. Along with musical festivals, sporting events, which started on the occasion of Good Friday ends on Easter Monday. The day is spent relaxing and enjoying quality time with friends and family members.


Easter Tuesday
 Tuesday - 14th of April 2020  Local holiday

 Tasmania  

Easter Tuesday is a public holiday in the Australian state of Tasmania.


ANZAC Day
 Saturday - 25th of April 2020  National holiday

 Northern Territory  

ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during in World War I.

Anzac Day is celebrated on 25 April and is ostensibly Australia’s most critical national event. It denotes the commemoration of the primary key military activity battled by Australian and New Zealand powers amid World War I. On the off chance that Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday in Australia, it is usually not moved to a weekday, except for 2019, when it fell on a Saturday and the Monday was a state holiday in Western Australia and a government holiday in ACT.

Anzac denotes Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The troops in those units came to be known as Anzacs. Anzac Day is a yearly celebration at the Australian War Memorial. Services to commemorate this day are held at the time of the original landing, at dawn. Amid the rest of the day ex-servicemen and ladies meet and participate in walks through the fundamental urban areas and towns. Commemorative functions are held at war memorials around the nation.


ANZAC Day
 Saturday - 25th of April 2020  National holiday

 Australian Capital Territory   New South Wales   Queensland   South Australia   Tasmania   Victoria   Christmas Island   Norfolk Island   Cocos and Keeling Islands   Heard and McDonald Islands  

ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during in World War I.

Anzac Day is celebrated on 25 April and is ostensibly Australia’s most critical national event. It denotes the commemoration of the primary key military activity battled by Australian and New Zealand powers amid World War I. On the off chance that Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday in Australia, it is usually not moved to a weekday, except for 2019, when it fell on a Saturday and the Monday was a state holiday in Western Australia and a government holiday in ACT.

Anzac denotes Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The troops in those units came to be known as Anzacs. Anzac Day is a yearly celebration at the Australian War Memorial. Services to commemorate this day are held at the time of the original landing, at dawn. Amid the rest of the day ex-servicemen and ladies meet and participate in walks through the fundamental urban areas and towns. Commemorative functions are held at war memorials around the nation.


ANZAC Day
 Monday - 27th of April 2020  National holiday

 Western Australia  

ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during in World War I.

Anzac Day is celebrated on 25 April and is ostensibly Australia’s most critical national event. It denotes the commemoration of the primary key military activity battled by Australian and New Zealand powers amid World War I. On the off chance that Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday in Australia, it is usually not moved to a weekday, except for 2019, when it fell on a Saturday and the Monday was a state holiday in Western Australia and a government holiday in ACT.

Anzac denotes Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The troops in those units came to be known as Anzacs. Anzac Day is a yearly celebration at the Australian War Memorial. Services to commemorate this day are held at the time of the original landing, at dawn. Amid the rest of the day ex-servicemen and ladies meet and participate in walks through the fundamental urban areas and towns. Commemorative functions are held at war memorials around the nation.


May Day
 Monday - 4th of May 2020  Common local holiday

 Northern Territory  

Labour Day in Australia celebrates workers’ role in contributing towards the nation’s economy. It is an annual public holiday but its date varies across the states and territories.


Labour Day
 Monday - 4th of May 2020  Common local holiday

 Queensland  

Labour Day in Australia celebrates workers’ role in contributing towards the nation’s economy. It is an annual public holiday but its date varies across the states and territories.

Labour Day is a public occasion in Australia that was initially called ‘Eight Hours Day’. This occasion is honoured on various dates in the Australian States.

In ACT, New South Wales and South Australia, Labor Day happens on the very first Monday of the month of October. In Northern Territory and Queensland, the people celebrate this day on the first Monday in the month of May. The second Monday in March is the day on which residents of Victoria and Tasmania celebrate it.

First Monday of March is the day for Labour Day in Western Australia. It is a public holiday in all the states and territories of Australia during which people can relax or spend peaceful time with their family and friends or go on a getaway trip to enjoy time with friends and family. Picnics or camping and wine tasting are some of the popular choices, which people celebrate Labour Day with. In Brisbane there are marches, which are held on Labour a Day in which the labour union members take part and are led by influential political leaders.


Western Australia Day
 Monday - 1st of June 2020  Common local holiday

 Western Australia  

Foundation Day is a public holiday in the state of Western Australia to commemorate the founding of the first British colony in the state.


Reconciliation Day
 Monday - 1st of June 2020  Local holiday

 Australian Capital Territory  

Reconciliation Day is a state holiday in the Australian Capital Territory.


Queen's Birthday
 Monday - 8th of June 2020  Common local holiday

 Australian Capital Territory   New South Wales   Northern Territory   South Australia   Tasmania   Victoria   Christmas Island   Norfolk Island   Cocos and Keeling Islands   Heard and McDonald Islands  

Many Australians celebrate the Queen's Birthday each year, as Australia is a constitutional monarchy.

The Queen’s Birthday is the occasion that commemorates the birth of Queen Elizabeth II who isn’t just the Queen of Great Britain but also the Queen of Australia. Except for Western Australia and Queensland, this day is commemorated on the 2nd Monday in the month of June.

It also denotes the beginning of the Australian ski season. Businesses stay closed on the Queen’s Birthday and shops might be open for a limited time. The people of Queensland celebrate this occasion on the first Monday of the month of October since 2016. In Western Australia, however, the occasion is commended in late September or early October.


New South Wales Bank Holiday
 Monday - 3rd of August 2020  Local holiday

 New South Wales  

The New South Wales Bank Holiday falls on the first Monday of August.


Northern Territory Picnic Day
 Monday - 3rd of August 2020  Local holiday

 Northern Territory  

Picnic Day is a public holiday annually held in Australia’s Northern Territory on the first Monday of August.

Picnic Day is a local public occasion, which is celebrated in Australia’s Northern Territory. This day is celebrated in August on the very first Monday. The convention of having a Picnic day goes back to the end of the 1800s, with a few areas in the district demonstrating well known and not all in the meantime of the year.

Harts Range Races is a popular tradition in Central Australia. Initially it started as a stallion race between three siblings and a neighborhood policeman, towards the beginning of 1947, the occasion has developed into a three-day celebration known as the “Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend” which incorporates rodeo, novelty and many family events.


Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland
 Wednesday - 12th of August 2020  Local holiday

 Queensland  

The Royal National Agricultural (RNA) Show Day is usually held in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, Australia, on the second or third Wednesday in August.

A formal title for Queensland’s yearly agricultural show is ‘Royal Queensland Show’. It usually takes place on the Brisbane Exhibition Ground. The exhibition involves numerous exhibits and competitions, where the agricultural produces and cattle breed along with show dogs are shown off.

The exhibition started way back in 1876. It has continued to take place since then. In the month of August, the exhibitions occur on the 2nd Wednesday. The exhibition usually also includes fireworks, fashion parades, food stalls and other great events, which turn the exhibition into a grand affair.


Queen's Birthday
 Monday - 28th of September 2020  Common local holiday

 Western Australia  

Many Australians celebrate the Queen's Birthday each year, as Australia is a constitutional monarchy.

The Queen’s Birthday is the occasion that commemorates the birth of Queen Elizabeth II who isn’t just the Queen of Great Britain but also the Queen of Australia. Except for Western Australia and Queensland, this day is commemorated on the 2nd Monday in the month of June.

It also denotes the beginning of the Australian ski season. Businesses stay closed on the Queen’s Birthday and shops might be open for a limited time. The people of Queensland celebrate this occasion on the first Monday of the month of October since 2016. In Western Australia, however, the occasion is commended in late September or early October.


Queen's Birthday
 Monday - 5th of October 2020  Common local holiday

 Queensland  

Many Australians celebrate the Queen's Birthday each year, as Australia is a constitutional monarchy.

The Queen’s Birthday is the occasion that commemorates the birth of Queen Elizabeth II who isn’t just the Queen of Great Britain but also the Queen of Australia. Except for Western Australia and Queensland, this day is commemorated on the 2nd Monday in the month of June.

It also denotes the beginning of the Australian ski season. Businesses stay closed on the Queen’s Birthday and shops might be open for a limited time. The people of Queensland celebrate this occasion on the first Monday of the month of October since 2016. In Western Australia, however, the occasion is commended in late September or early October.


Labour Day
 Monday - 5th of October 2020  Common local holiday

 New South Wales   Australian Capital Territory   South Australia  

Labour Day in Australia celebrates workers’ role in contributing towards the nation’s economy. It is an annual public holiday but its date varies across the states and territories.

Labour Day is a public occasion in Australia that was initially called ‘Eight Hours Day’. This occasion is honoured on various dates in the Australian States.

In ACT, New South Wales and South Australia, Labor Day happens on the very first Monday of the month of October. In Northern Territory and Queensland, the people celebrate this day on the first Monday in the month of May. The second Monday in March is the day on which residents of Victoria and Tasmania celebrate it.

First Monday of March is the day for Labour Day in Western Australia. It is a public holiday in all the states and territories of Australia during which people can relax or spend peaceful time with their family and friends or go on a getaway trip to enjoy time with friends and family. Picnics or camping and wine tasting are some of the popular choices, which people celebrate Labour Day with. In Brisbane there are marches, which are held on Labour a Day in which the labour union members take part and are led by influential political leaders.


Recreation Day
 Monday - 2nd of November 2020  Local holiday

 Tasmania  

Recreation Day is annually celebrated in northern Tasmania, in Australia, on the first Monday of November.


Melbourne Cup Day
 Tuesday - 3rd of November 2020  Local holiday

 Victoria  

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia’s most celebrated horse racing event. It is an annual public holiday in the state of Victoria and is observed nationwide on the first Tuesday of November.

Melbourne Cup Day is a provincial public occasion, which is celebrated in the province of Victoria, Australia. Melbourne Cup Day usually takes place in November on the first Tuesday. Melbourne Cup day is a government occasion in the territory of Victoria and a public occasion for everybody inside the city region of Melbourne and different parts of Victoria.


Christmas Day
 Friday - 25th of December 2020  National holiday

 All states

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day, which is in the middle of summer in Australia.

Christmas in Australia is usually warm, because it is in Southern hemisphere. It is on the vacation in the summer season of Australia. On the holy occasion of Christmas, Christians observe the birthday of Jesus Christ.

Traditional meals, presents and decorated Christmas trees are some of the merriment that is synonymous with Christmas. Christmas celebrations may vary, but these stay at the heart of any celebration.


Boxing Day
 Saturday - 26th of December 2020  National holiday

 Australian Capital Territory   New South Wales   Northern Territory   Queensland   Tasmania   Victoria   Western Australia   Christmas Island   Norfolk Island   Cocos and Keeling Islands   Heard and McDonald Islands  

December 26 is the Boxing Day holiday celebrated in Australia.

Boxing Day is a public occasion celebrated on the 26th of December in a few nations as a part of the Christmas celebrations. Normally it will be moved and celebrated on the following Monday in case this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

In the event that Christmas Day falls on an end of the week, Boxing Day might be seen on Tuesday 27 December. Second day of Christmas is another name for this day and it might be observed as St. Stephen’s Day in a few nations.


Proclamation Day
 Monday - 28th of December 2020  Local holiday

 South Australia  

December 26 is the Boxing Day holiday celebrated in Australia.


Christmas/Boxing Day Holiday
 Monday - 28th of December 2020  National holiday

 All states

December 28 is a substitute public holiday in many parts of Australia in some years, depending on when Christmas Day and Boxing Day occur.


Other important days

Epiphany
 Monday - 6th of January 2020  Christian

 All states

Many people in countries such as Australia annually observe Epiphany on January 6.


Orthodox Christmas Day
 Tuesday - 7th of January 2020  Orthodox

 All states

Many Orthodox Christian churches in countries such as Australia observe Christmas Day on or near January 7 in the Gregorian calendar.


Orthodox New Year
 Tuesday - 14th of January 2020  Orthodox

 All states

Many Orthodox Christian churches in countries such as Australia celebrate New Year’s Day on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.


Chinese New Year
 Saturday - 25th of January 2020  Observance

 All states

Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar.


Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)
 Monday - 10th of February 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is one of the four Jewish New Years.


Valentine's Day
 Friday - 14th of February 2020  Observance

 All states

Valentine’s Day, which is annually held on February 14, is one of the most romantic days in the year for many people in countries such as Australia.


Carnival / Shrove Tuesday
 Tuesday - 25th of February 2020  Christian

 All states

Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of the Lent period for many Christians in Australia.


Ash Wednesday
 Wednesday - 26th of February 2020  Christian

 All states

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent in for many Christians in Australia.


Purim
 Tuesday - 10th of March 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Purim commemorates a time when Jewish people were saved from death around the fourth century BCE, according to the Book of Esther.


St Patrick's Day
 Tuesday - 17th of March 2020  Observance

 All states

St Patrick’s Day is a popular observance in Australia to honor Irish culture and commemorate one of Ireland’s patron saints, St Patrick.


National Close the Gap Day
 Thursday - 19th of March 2020  Observance

 All states


March Equinox
 Friday - 20th of March 2020  Season

 All states


Harmony Day
 Saturday - 21st of March 2020  Observance

 All states

Harmony Day is a national observance that celebrates Australia’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity on March 21 every year.


Isra and Mi'raj
 Sunday - 22nd of March 2020  Muslim

 All states

Isra and Mi'raj (Isra Me'raj, Israa and Mi'raaj, Laylat Al-Isra wa Al-Miraj, Lailat al Miraj, Night Journey and Ascension to Heaven) marks the night when the Prophet Mohammad traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, ascended to heaven and returned.


Daylight Saving Time ends
 Saturday - 4th of April 2020  Clock change/Daylight Saving Time

 All states


Palm Sunday
 Sunday - 5th of April 2020  Christian

 All states

Palm Sunday in Australia celebrates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. It is also the Sunday before Easter Sunday.


Maundy Thursday
 Thursday - 9th of April 2020  Christian

 All states

Many Christians in the Australia celebrate Maundy Thursday on the Thursday before Good Friday.


First day of Passover
 Thursday - 9th of April 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Passover is a Jewish observance of the liberation from slavery and the Israelites' exodus from Egypt around 3000 years ago.


Easter Sunday
 Sunday - 12th of April 2020  Observance

 Australian Capital Territory   New South Wales   Northern Territory   Queensland   South Australia   Tasmania   Victoria   Western Australia   Christmas Island   Norfolk Island   Cocos and Keeling Islands   Heard and McDonald Islands  

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.

In Australia, Easter Sunday is a public occasion in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. As it falls on a Sunday, it will be a day of relaxation for the vast majority in Australia.

It connotes the end of the forty days of Lent, which means the end of a time of sacrifice by Christians and the beginning of a period of joy and merriment. Easter Sunday is likewise when church chimes will be rung once more, having been noiseless amid Lent.


Last day of Passover
 Thursday - 16th of April 2020  Hebrew

 All states

The last day of Passover marks the end of the Passover period, which lasts for seven or eight days.


Orthodox Good Friday
 Friday - 17th of April 2020  Orthodox

 All states

Many Orthodox Christians in Australia remember the events leading up to Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Great Friday.


Orthodox Holy Saturday
 Saturday - 18th of April 2020  Orthodox

 All states

Many Orthodox Christians in Australia remember Jesus Christ’s burial and his descent into Hades on Holy Saturday.


Orthodox Easter
 Sunday - 19th of April 2020  Orthodox

 All states

Many Orthodox Christians in Australia celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, also known as Pascha.


Orthodox Easter Monday
 Monday - 20th of April 2020  Orthodox

 All states

Many Orthodox churches in Australia observe Easter Monday on the day after the Orthodox Easter Sunday date.


Yom HaShoah
 Tuesday - 21st of April 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Yom Hashoah remembers the lives and sacrifices of about six million Holocaust victims who died during World War II. This observance is annually held on the 27th day of the month of Nisan.


Ramadan Start
 Friday - 24th of April 2020  Muslim

 All states

Many Muslims in Australia welcome Ramadan as period of fasting, self-evaluation and spiritual growth. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.


Yom HaAtzmaut
 Wednesday - 29th of April 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Many Jewish communities in Australia celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, which is Israel’s Independence Day, on the fifth day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar.


Mother's Day
 Sunday - 10th of May 2020  Observance

 All states

Mother’s Day is celebrated in Australia on the second Sunday of May each year.


Lag B'Omer
 Tuesday - 12th of May 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Many Jewish Australians observe Lag B’Omer on the 18th day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar.


Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)
 Tuesday - 19th of May 2020  Muslim

 All states

Laylat al-Qadr is most likely to be held on one of the last 10 days of month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar.


Ascension Day
 Thursday - 21st of May 2020  Christian

 All states

Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter and commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven, according to Christian belief.


Eid ul Fitr
 Sunday - 24th of May 2020  Muslim

 All states

Eid al-Fitr, which is on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.


National Sorry Day
 Tuesday - 26th of May 2020  Observance

 All states

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance that acknowledges the impact of Australia’s Stolen Generations.


Shavuot
 Friday - 29th of May 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Shavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, is one of three major Jewish festivals celebrated among many Jewish Australians.


Pentecost
 Sunday - 31st of May 2020  Christian

 All states

Many Christians in Australia observe Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday or Whit Sunday.


Whit Monday
 Monday - 1st of June 2020  Christian

 All states

Whit Monday is a Christian observance also known as Pentecost Monday. It is the day after Pentecost, or Whitsunday.


Queensland Day
 Saturday - 6th of June 2020  Local observance

 All states

Queenslanders commemorate their state’s birthday on Queensland Day in Australia.


Trinity Sunday
 Sunday - 7th of June 2020  Christian

 All states

Many churches in Australia observe Trinity Sunday, a Christian feast that occurs on the first Sunday after Pentecost.


Corpus Christi
 Thursday - 11th of June 2020  Christian

 All states

Corpus Christi is a Christian observance that honors the Holy Eucharist.


June Solstice
 Saturday - 20th of June 2020  Season

 All states


First Day of NAIDOC Week
 Sunday - 5th of July 2020  Observance

 All states


Tisha B'Av
 Thursday - 30th of July 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Tisha B’Av is on the ninth day of the month of Av in the Jewish calendar.


Eid ul Adha
 Friday - 31st of July 2020  Muslim

 All states

Many Muslims in Australia celebrate Eid al- Adha around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah.


Assumption of Mary
 Saturday - 15th of August 2020  Christian

 All states

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is an annual Christian observance in Australia held on August 15. It is considered a Holy Day of Obligation - a day when some Christian denominations are obliged to attend mass.


Muharram/Islamic New Year
 Thursday - 20th of August 2020  Muslim

 All states

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and a time of remembrance or mourning.


Father's Day
 Sunday - 6th of September 2020  Observance

 All states

Father’s Day celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make to their children’s lives.


Rosh Hashana
 Saturday - 19th of September 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Rosh Hashana, also spelled Rosh Hashanah, is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. The event begins on the first day of Tishrei (or Tishri), which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar.


September Equinox
 Tuesday - 22nd of September 2020  Season

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Yom Kippur
 Monday - 28th of September 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Yom Kippur is an important Jewish holiday that falls on the 10th day of the month of Tishrei in the Jewish calendar.


First day of Sukkot
 Saturday - 3rd of October 2020  Hebrew

 All states

The first day of Sukkot marks the start of the Sukkot festival for Jewish communities in Australia.


Daylight Saving Time starts
 Saturday - 3rd of October 2020  Clock change/Daylight Saving Time

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Feast of St Francis of Assisi
 Sunday - 4th of October 2020  Christian

 All states

Many churches in Australia celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi to honor St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, on October 4 each year.


Hoshana Rabbah
 Friday - 9th of October 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Many Jewish communities in Australia observe the last day of Sukkot, which marks the end of the Sukkot festival.


Shemini Atzeret
 Saturday - 10th of October 2020  Hebrew

 All states

Shemini Atzeret (or Shmini Atzeret) is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God, while Simchat Torah (Simchas Torah or Simhat Torah) marks the end of Sukkot and celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.


Simchat Torah
 Sunday - 11th of October 2020  Hebrew

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Simchat Torah (Simchas Torah or Simhat Torah) is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.


Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)
 Thursday - 29th of October 2020  Muslim

 All states

Eid Milad ul-Nabi marks the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's birth and death.


Halloween
 Saturday - 31st of October 2020  Observance

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Halloween is a festive occasion that is celebrated in Australian communities on October 31 each year.


All Saints' Day
 Sunday - 1st of November 2020  Christian

 All states

Many churches in Australia annually observe All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day.


All Souls' Day
 Monday - 2nd of November 2020  Christian

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All Souls’ Day is observed among some Christians in Australia on November 2 each year.


Remembrance Day
 Wednesday - 11th of November 2020  Observance

 All states

Remembrance Day in Australia is annually observed on November 11 although it is not a public holiday. This event remembers those who died as a result of war, particularly from World War I onwards.


Diwali/Deepavali
 Saturday - 14th of November 2020  Observance

 All states

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.


First Sunday of Advent
 Sunday - 29th of November 2020  Observance

 All states

Many Christians mark the First Sunday of Advent as the start of the Advent season leading up to Christmas.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception
 Tuesday - 8th of December 2020  Christian

 All states

Some Christians, particularly those of Catholic faith, in Australia mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on or around December 8.


First Day of Hanukkah
 Friday - 11th of December 2020  Hebrew

 All states

The first day of Hanukkah is the start of the Hanukkah period, which lasts for 8 days, from the 25th day of the month of Kislev to the second day of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar.


Last day of Hanukkah
 Friday - 18th of December 2020  Hebrew

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The last day of Hanukkah marks the end of a festive Jewish occasion, known as Hanukkah or Chanukah.


December Solstice
 Monday - 21st of December 2020  Season

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Christmas Eve
 Thursday - 24th of December 2020  Observance

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Christmas Eve in Australia is annually celebrated on December 24, which is the day before Christmas Day.


New Year's Eve
 Thursday - 31st of December 2020  Observance

 All states

Many Australians celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 each year, which coincides with the date before New Year’s Day in the Gregorian calendar.