St. Stephen's Day in Grand Est in 2021

St. Stephen's Day in Grand Est in 2021

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St. Stephen's Day
  Dates of St. Stephen's Day in Grand Est
2023 Tue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2022 Mon, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2021 Sun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2020 Sat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2019 Thu, Dec 26Regional Holiday

December 26th is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as a second day of Christmas holidays in several countries.

  Local name
Deuxième jour de Noël
  St. Stephen's Day in other countries
St. Stephen's Day internationally

St. Stephen's Day in France

Unlike the rest of France, Good Friday and St Stephen’s Day (December 26th) are both holidays in Alsace and Moselle. They had been days off when the territory was under German rule and when it returned to France in 1918 the locals refused to give them up.

When is St. Stephen's Day?

Saint Stephen's Day, December 26th is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as the second day of the Christmas holidays (Christmastide) in several countries.

In commonwealth countries, the day after Christmas day is a holiday but known as Boxing Day. In some countries, the day after Christmas Day may also be known as the 'Second Day of Christmas' or the 'Day after Christmas'.

History of St. Stephen's Day

In non-Commonwealth countries, the day is more commonly referred to as St Stephen's Day or the Feast of Stephen as mentioned in the carol 'Good King Wenceslas'.

Did you know?

St. Stephen is the patron saint of Bricklayers

There are two Saints called Stephen. St. Stephen's Day on December 26th commemorates St. Stephen who was the first Christian Martyr.

Stephen was a Greek Jew who had converted to Christianity. He was appointed as one of seven deacons to help with organizing the early Christian church.

Due to his preaching about Christianity, he was accused of blasphemy and stood trial at a Jewish court in about 34 CE.

During the trial he made a long speech, saying that Christianity supported the teachings of Moses. This so enraged the crowd at the trial, that he was dragged away and stoned to death by a mob. It is said that the mob was encouraged on by Saul of Tarsus, who later became Saint Paul.

In depictions of the saint, Stephen carries a martyr's palm in one hand and a stone in the other.

The other St. Stephen was St. Stephen of Hungary, who was the first king of Hungary and is noted for converting the Magyar people to Christianity.

Good King Wenceslas

The feast of St. Stephen is probably best known for its appearance in the famous Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslas.

"Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even"

Wenceslas was a King in Bohemia in the 10th century CE. Like Stephen, Wenceslas became a Saint after his death and like Stephen, even has his own public holiday.

The words to the carol were written by John Mason Neale in 1853. The music was originally from a song about spring, popular in the 14th century.

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