Saints Cyril and Methodius Day

National Holiday in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Saints Cyril and Methodius
Statue of SS Cyril and Methodius by Albín Polášek

When is Saints Cyril and Methodius Day?

How long until St Cyril and Methodius Day?
This holiday next takes place in 73 Days.
Dates of St Cyril and Methodius Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday July 5th
2019 Friday July 5th
2018 Thursday July 5th
2017 Wednesday July 5th
2016 Tuesday July 5th
1 Day
Countries who observe Saints Cyril and Methodius Day on 5 July
Public Holidays in Czech Republic Czech Republic
Public Holidays in Slovakia Slovakia
Slavic missionaries Cyril (Constantine) and Metod (Methodius) came to Great Moravia
Related holiday
Orthodox Saints Cyril and Methodius Day

This public holiday is always celebrated on 5 July in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who follow the Roman Catholic feast days.

Who were Saints Cyril and Methodius?

Saints Cyril and Methodius were two Byzantine brothers born in Thessalonica in the 9th century. Part of a prominent Christian family, their father was Greek and their mother was Bulgarian.

In 860 Cyril and Methodius went as missionaries to what is today the Ukraine, spreading Christianity among the Slavic peoples of Bulgaria, Great Moravia and Pannonia.

They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet. At the request of the Moravian prince Rastislav, they began to transcribe religious books from Greek into Old Bulgarian.

Their alphabet is seen as the precursor to Cyrillic, which was named after Cyril. Today most of the Slavic countries, including Russia, still use an extension of that alphabet.

Did you know?

Over 300 million people in 12 countries use the Cyrillic script.

Throughout his life, Cyril was known as Constantine, only adopting his religious name of Cyril while on his death bed.

In 1880, Pope Leo XIII introduced their feast into the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared them co-patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia.

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