Calendar

Mar
12
Mon
Labour Day
Mar 12 all-day

Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

The first march by the labour movement occurred in Melbourne on 21 April 1856. On this day stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight-hour day. Their direct action protest was a success, and they are noted as being among the first organised workers in the world to achieve an 8-hour day, with no loss of pay.

Mar
30
Fri
Autumn Holidays (Schools, VIC)
Mar 30 – Apr 15 all-day

(As officially announced by the Department for Education and Training.)

Good Friday
Mar 30 all-day

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

Mar
31
Sat
Holy Saturday (Saturday before Easter Sunday)
Mar 31 all-day

Holy Saturday is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus’ body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell.

Apr
1
Sun
Easter Sunday
Apr 1 all-day

Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary.

Apr
2
Mon
Easter Monday
Apr 2 all-day

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a public holiday. Easter Monday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the second day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the second day of Bright Week.

In Australia, people enjoy outdoor sporting events, such as the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival in South Australia, Australian Three Peaks Race in Tasmania and the Stawell Gift in Victoria.

(The Stawell Gift is Australia’s oldest and richest short distance running race. The race is run on grass over 120 metres up a slight gradient. Competitors are handicapped according to their form, with each competitor “marked” by between 0 m and 10 m to theoretically reach the finish line at the same time.)

Jun
30
Sat
Winter Holidays (Schools, VIC)
Jun 30 – Jul 15 all-day

(As officially announced by the Department for Education and Training.)

Sep
22
Sat
Spring Holidays (Schools, VIC)
Sep 22 – Oct 7 all-day

(As officially announced by the Department for Education and Training.)