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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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optional holiday**Saturday April 25, 2020Orthodox 
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Orthodox Good Friday**Thursday April 30, 2020Orthodox 
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optional holiday**Thursday April 30, 2020Orthodox 
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Good Friday*Thursday April 30, 2020Orthodox 
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Orthodox Holy Saturday**Friday May 1, 2020Orthodox 
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Orthodox Easter**Saturday May 2, 2020Orthodox 
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optional holiday*Saturday May 2, 2020Orthodox 
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Orthodox Easter Monday**Sunday May 3, 2020Orthodox 
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Orthodox EasterSunday May 3, 2020Orthodox 
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All Souls' Day*Sunday May 10, 2020Orthodox 
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All Saints' Day**Monday May 11, 2020Orthodox 
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St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Sunday May 24, 2020Orthodox 
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Optional holiday -
Sunday April 25, 2021

Orthodox : Orthodox Palm Sunday Christian civil servants only


Orthodox Good Friday -
Friday April 30, 2021

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 30, 2021

Orthodox : Orthodox Good Friday only observed by the Orthodox community


Good Friday -
Friday April 30, 2021

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 May 1, 2021

Orthodox : Not a paid holiday


Orthodox Easter -
Sunday May 2, 2021

Orthodox : Paid holiday


Optional holiday -
Sunday May 2, 2021

Orthodox : Orthodox Easter


Orthodox Easter Monday -
Monday May 3, 2021

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 breads are a worldwide Orthodox tradition as well.This bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place:Midnight Office,Rush Procession,Matins & Divine Liturgy.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 takes place before the Easter lunch.Each person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck.The traditional Orthodox Paschal greeting is: Christ is Risen! .The answer is: Indeed He is Risen . May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.


Orthodox Easter -
Monday May 3, 2021

Orthodox :


All Souls' Day -
Monday May 10, 2021

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 May 11, 2021

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 -
Monday May 24, 2021

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.