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Orthodox: religious celerations and observances

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Orthodox Good Friday**Thursday April 14, 2016Orthodox 
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Religious celebration (not a national holiday)**Thursday April 14, 2016Orthodox 
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optional holiday*Thursday April 14, 2016Orthodox 
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Orthodox Easter**Saturday April 16, 2016Orthodox 
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optional holiday*Saturday April 16, 2016Orthodox 
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Orthodox Easter MondaySunday April 17, 2016Orthodox 
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Orthodox EasterSunday April 17, 2016Orthodox 
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All Souls' Day*Sunday April 24, 2016Orthodox 
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All Saints' Day**Monday April 25, 2016Orthodox 
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St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Tuesday May 24, 2016Orthodox 
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Orthodox Good Friday -
Friday April 14, 2017

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.


Religious celebration (not a national holiday) -
Friday April 14, 2017

Orthodox : Orthodox Good Friday only observed by the Orthodox community


Optional holiday -
Friday April 14, 2017

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 good luck


Orthodox Easter -
Sunday April 16, 2017

Orthodox : Only observed by the Orthodox community


Optional holiday -
Sunday April 16, 2017

Orthodox : Orthodox Easter


Orthodox Easter Monday -
Monday April 17, 2017

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Orthodox Easter -
Monday April 17, 2017

Orthodox :


All Souls' Day -
Monday April 24, 2017

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 25, 2017

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 -
Wednesday May 24, 2017

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.