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Orthodox Good Friday

Orthodox Holidays Orthodox Christian Holiday in several countries

Orthodox Good Friday takes place on the Friday before Orthodox Easter Sunday.

When is Orthodox Good Friday?

How long until Orthodox Good Friday ?
This holiday next takes place in 229 Days.
Dates of Orthodox Good Friday
Year Weekday Date
2019 Friday April 26th
2018 Friday April 6th
2017 Friday April 14th
2016 Friday April 29th
Who observes Orthodox Good Friday?
Country
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Cyprus Cyprus
Ethiopia Ethiopia
Georgia Georgia
Greece Greece
Lebanon Lebanon
Montenegro Montenegro
Serbia Serbia
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Easter is the principal festival of the Orthodox Church. Good Friday marks is the day that Jesus was crucified

Orthodox Good Friday takes place on the Friday before Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Easter is the principal festival of Greece and the Orthodox Church.

Traditions of Orthodox Good Friday

The first ceremony takes place on Good Friday where the "Epitafios", an imitation of the Christ's funeral bier, is decorated with many flowers by the local women. The "Epitafios" is then paraded through the streets of the villages or the neighbourhoods of the cities.

In some areas of Greece such as Crete, the ceremony is also accompanied by the burning of effigies of Judas Iscariot.

A great celebration also takes places on the Saturday, for Christ's triumphant return. At the stroke of midnight, all the lights of the churches are put out to symbolise the darkness which enveloped Christ as He passed through the underworld. Then a priest appears holding aloft a lighted taper and chanting "Avto to Fos… "(This is the Light…) and uses the Holy flame to light the candles of nearby worshippers. These worshippers then share their Light with their neighbours, until the entire church and the courtyard is illuminated by the candlelight.

After midnight, the families and friends meet to eat the "Mayeretsa", a soup made from lamb tripe, rice, dill and lemon. The rest of the lamb will be roasted on Sunday morning for the lunch, with wines and dances.

This festival is of great importance across all of Greece but some place are notable for their Easter celebrations: Hydra, Corfu, Pyrgi on Chios, Olymbos on Karpathos and St John's monastery on Patmos.

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