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Orthodox: religious celerations and observances

Orthodox: calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 2 months






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Orthodox Good Friday**Saturday April 6, 2019Orthodox 
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optional holiday**Saturday April 6, 2019Orthodox 
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Good Friday*Saturday April 6, 2019Orthodox 
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Orthodox Holy Saturday**Sunday April 7, 2019Orthodox 
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Orthodox Easter**Monday April 8, 2019Orthodox 
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optional holiday*Monday April 8, 2019Orthodox 
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Orthodox Easter Monday*Tuesday April 9, 2019Orthodox 
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Orthodox EasterTuesday April 9, 2019Orthodox 
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All Souls' Day*Tuesday April 16, 2019Orthodox 
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All Saints' Day**Wednesday April 17, 2019Orthodox 
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St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Friday May 24, 2019Orthodox 
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Whit Monday*Tuesday May 28, 2019Orthodox 
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St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Friday July 5, 2019Orthodox 
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Transfiguration Day*Tuesday July 9, 2019Orthodox 
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Dormition of the Virgin*Thursday August 15, 2019Orthodox 
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Religious celebration (not a national holiday)**Wednesday August 28, 2019Orthodox 
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Exhaltation of the CrossTuesday September 17, 2019Orthodox 
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Orthodox Good Friday -
Friday April 6, 2018

Orthodox : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter (or Pascha) The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy. The Easter bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place: Midnight Office... After the service the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home. The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days. One egg is cracked on the wall of the church (and this is the first egg eaten The ritual of cracking the eggs takes place before the Easter lunch. Each person selects his/her egg. Then people take turns tapping their egg against the eggs of others, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.


Optional holiday -
Friday April 6, 2018

Orthodox : Orthodox Good Friday only observed by the Orthodox community


Good Friday -
Friday April 6, 2018

Orthodox : In Bulgaria, together with Christmas, Good Friday and Easter are the holiest days in the Orthodox calendar, and are observed with great solemnity. Churches all over the country are serving masses to mourn the crucified son of God. Fasting is especially strict on this day - the Church advises believers not to have any food at all, and to not even drink water. Few Bulgarians, however, are usually that strict. from 2010 onwards


Orthodox Holy Saturday -
Saturday April 7, 2018

Orthodox : Not a paid holiday


Orthodox Easter -
Sunday April 8, 2018

Orthodox : Paid holiday


Optional holiday -
Sunday April 8, 2018

Orthodox : Orthodox Easter


Orthodox Easter Monday -
Monday April 9, 2018

Orthodox : Vtor den Veligden


Orthodox Easter -
Monday April 9, 2018

Orthodox :


All Souls' Day -
Monday April 16, 2018

Orthodox : Celebrated on Sunday in some cities. Paste Blajinilor which means Easter of the Dead or Easter of the kind souls who have passed away .


All Saints' Day -
Tuesday April 17, 2018

Orthodox : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837. banks remain open


St Cyrilus and St Methodius -
Thursday May 24, 2018

Orthodox : Commemorates the creation of the Slavic Glagolitic and Cyrillic alphabets by the brothers Saints Cyril and Methodius. The celebration also commemorates the introduction of literacy and the preaching of the gospels in the Slavonic language by the brothers.


Whit Monday -
Monday May 28, 2018

Orthodox : In Cyprus, Kataklysma is the festival of the floods in seaside towns


St Cyrilus and St Methodius -
Friday July 5, 2019

Orthodox : Cyril and Methodius were two brothers born in Thessaloniki in the Byzantine Empire in the 9th century, who became missionaries of Christianity in Khazaria and Great Moravia. They both perfected a Slavonic alphabet which is now known as the Cyrillic alphabet and translated the liturgy into this language. Wikipedia


Transfiguration Day -
Monday July 9, 2018

Orthodox : This celebration Vardavar is linked to pagan Goddess Astghik. According to the legend she spread love on earth, walking over roses that turn red from her blood. As goddess of fertility she is associated with water. Traditional water splashing. www.yerevan.am


Dormition of the Virgin -
Wednesday August 15, 2018

Orthodox : Adormirea Maicii Domnului refers to the feast commemorating what is believed to be the miraculous transport of Mary, in bodily form, to Heaven after her death. Some accounts claim that she died in Jerusalem; others put her death at the Graeco-Roman city of Ephesus, now in Turkey, and the site of an alleged House of the Virgin Mary . since 2008


Religious celebration (not a national holiday) -
Tuesday August 28, 2018

Orthodox : Golema Bogorodica (Dormition of the Holy Mother of God) only observed by the Orthodox community


Exhaltation of the Cross -
Monday September 17, 2018

Orthodox :