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Orthodox: religious celerations and observances

Orthodox: calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 3 months






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St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Monday May 25, 2020Orthodox 
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Whit Monday*Monday June 8, 2020Orthodox 
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St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Sunday July 5, 2020Orthodox 
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Transfiguration Day*Sunday July 19, 2020Orthodox 
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Dormition of the Virgin*Saturday August 15, 2020Orthodox 
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Religious celebration (not a national holiday)**Friday August 28, 2020Orthodox 
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St Cyrilus and St Methodius -
Monday May 25, 2020

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 June 8, 2020

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


St Cyrilus and St Methodius -
Sunday July 5, 2020

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 -
Sunday July 19, 2020

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 -
Saturday August 15, 2020

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) -
Friday August 28, 2020

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