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

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Sunday April 9, 2023Optional holidayOrthodox
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Friday April 14, 2023Orthodox Good FridayOrthodox
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Friday April 14, 2023Good FridayOrthodox
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Friday April 14, 2023Optional holidayOrthodox
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Saturday April 15, 2023Orthodox Holy SaturdayOrthodox
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Sunday April 16, 2023Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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Monday April 17, 2023Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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Monday April 17, 2023Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox
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Monday April 24, 2023All Saints' DayOrthodox
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Monday April 24, 2023All Souls' DayOrthodox
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Tuesday April 25, 2023All Saints' DayOrthodox
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Tuesday May 16, 2023Optional holidayOrthodox
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Wednesday May 24, 2023St Cyrilus and St MethodiusOrthodox
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Monday June 5, 2023Whit MondayOrthodox
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Wednesday July 5, 2023St Cyrilus and St MethodiusOrthodox
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Tuesday August 15, 2023Dormition of the VirginOrthodox
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Monday August 28, 2023Religious celebration (not a national holiday)Orthodox
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Optional holiday

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Sunday April 9, 2023
Orthodox : Orthodox Palm Sunday Christian civil servants only

Orthodox Good Friday

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Friday April 14, 2023
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 14, 2023
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.

Optional holiday

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Friday April 14, 2023
Orthodox : Orthodox Good Friday only observed by the Orthodox community

Orthodox Holy Saturday

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Saturday April 15, 2023
Orthodox : Not a paid holiday

Orthodox Easter

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Sunday April 16, 2023
Orthodox : Paid holiday

Orthodox Easter

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Monday April 17, 2023
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Orthodox Easter Monday

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Monday April 17, 2023
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.

All Saints' Day

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Monday April 24, 2023
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.

All Souls' Day

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Monday April 24, 2023
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 April 25, 2023
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

Optional holiday

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Tuesday May 16, 2023
Orthodox : Orthodox Easter

St Cyrilus and St Methodius

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Wednesday May 24, 2023
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 5, 2023
Orthodox : In Cyprus, Kataklysma is the festival of the floods in seaside towns

St Cyrilus and St Methodius

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Wednesday July 5, 2023
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

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Tuesday August 15, 2023
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)

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Monday August 28, 2023
Orthodox : Golema Bogorodica (Dormition of the Holy Mother of God) only observed by the Orthodox community