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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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Thursday January 6, 2022Coptic ChristmasOrthodox
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Thursday January 6, 2022Optional holidayOrthodox
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Thursday January 6, 2022Armenian ChristmasOrthodox
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Thursday January 6, 2022EpiphanyOrthodox
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Thursday January 6, 2022Orthodox Christmas EveOrthodox
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Friday January 7, 2022Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
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Saturday January 8, 2022Orthodox second day of ChristmasOrthodox
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Wednesday January 19, 2022Orthodox EpiphanyOrthodox
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Sunday April 17, 2022Optional holidayOrthodox
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Friday April 22, 2022Optional holidayOrthodox
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Friday April 22, 2022Orthodox Good FridayOrthodox
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Friday April 22, 2022Good FridayOrthodox
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Saturday April 23, 2022Orthodox Holy SaturdayOrthodox
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Sunday April 24, 2022Optional holidayOrthodox
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Sunday April 24, 2022Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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Monday April 25, 2022Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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Monday April 25, 2022Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox
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Tuesday April 26, 2022Easter TuesdayOrthodox
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Monday May 2, 2022All Souls' DayOrthodox
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Tuesday May 3, 2022All Saints' DayOrthodox
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Tuesday May 24, 2022St Cyrilus and St MethodiusOrthodox
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Monday June 13, 2022Whit MondayOrthodox
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Tuesday July 5, 2022St Cyrilus and St MethodiusOrthodox
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Coptic Christmas

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Thursday January 6, 2022
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Optional holiday

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Thursday January 6, 2022
Orthodox : Armenian Christmas Armenian community only not a paid holiday

Armenian Christmas

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Thursday January 6, 2022
Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Epiphany

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Thursday January 6, 2022
Orthodox : The term comes from ancient Greek and means appearance . Cele ated on the 6th January, this feast corresponds to the presentation of Child Jesus to the Magi. This is the day of Jesus' first miracle, the Wedding in Cana , and the day of his own baptism Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Orthodox Christmas Eve

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Thursday January 6, 2022
Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Orthodox Christmas Day

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Friday January 7, 2022
Orthodox : The difference in Christmas celebrations stretches back to 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII ruled the Catholic Church should follow a new calendar – called the Gregorian calendar, more in sync with the sun than the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar was established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. Because it was the pope who ruled on it, many churches not in sync with the Vatican ignored it, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox among them. Protestants accepted the new calendar in the early 1700s. In 1922, the patriarch of Constantinople decided to follow the new Gregorian calendar in observance of Christmas, but not for Easter. His lead was followed by many other Orthodox churches. The only Orthodox churches that observe the Jan. 7 date are the Russian Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian churches, the Serbs and the Mt. Athos monks in Greece, work on weekends and non-working holidays is not overtime work.

Orthodox second day of Christmas

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Saturday January 8, 2022
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Orthodox Epiphany

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Wednesday January 19, 2022
Orthodox : A Christian holiday (from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning manifestation or to appear) commemorating the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God . According to legend based on a Bible story, three kings (or wise men/magi), Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Optional holiday

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Sunday April 17, 2022
Orthodox : Orthodox Palm Sunday Christian civil servants only

Optional holiday

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Friday April 22, 2022
Orthodox : Orthodox Good Friday only observed by the Orthodox community

Orthodox Good Friday

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Friday April 22, 2022
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.

Good Friday

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Friday April 22, 2022
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.

Orthodox Holy Saturday

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Saturday April 23, 2022
Orthodox : Not a paid holiday

Optional holiday

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Sunday April 24, 2022
Orthodox : Orthodox Easter

Orthodox Easter

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Sunday April 24, 2022
Orthodox : Paid holiday

Orthodox Easter

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Monday April 25, 2022
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Orthodox Easter Monday

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Monday April 25, 2022
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.

Easter Tuesday

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Tuesday April 26, 2022
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All Souls' Day

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Monday May 2, 2022
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

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Tuesday May 3, 2022
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

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Tuesday May 24, 2022
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

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Monday June 13, 2022
Orthodox : In Cyprus, Kataklysma is the festival of the floods in seaside towns

St Cyrilus and St Methodius

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Tuesday July 5, 2022
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