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Orthodox: religious celerations and observances

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

Name Date Kind
Orthodox Holy Saturday**Friday May 1, 2020Orthodox 
Orthodox Easter**Saturday May 2, 2020Orthodox 
optional holiday*Saturday May 2, 2020Orthodox 
Orthodox Easter Monday**Sunday May 3, 2020Orthodox 
Orthodox EasterSunday May 3, 2020Orthodox 
Easter TuesdayMonday May 4, 2020Orthodox 
All Souls' Day*Sunday May 10, 2020Orthodox 
All Saints' Day**Monday May 11, 2020Orthodox 
St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Sunday May 24, 2020Orthodox 
Whit Monday*Sunday June 21, 2020Orthodox 
St Cyrilus and St Methodius*Sunday July 5, 2020Orthodox 
Dormition of the Virgin*Saturday August 15, 2020Orthodox 
Religious celebration (not a national holiday)**Friday August 28, 2020Orthodox 

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 :

Easter Tuesday -
Tuesday May 4, 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.

Whit Monday -
Monday June 21, 2021

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

St Cyrilus and St Methodius -
Monday July 5, 2021

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

Dormition of the Virgin -
Sunday August 15, 2021

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) -
Saturday August 28, 2021

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