Holy Saturday in Guatemala in 2020

Holy Saturday in Guatemala in 2020
  How long until Holy Saturday?
This holiday next takes place in 202 days.
  Dates of Holy Saturday in Guatemala
2021 Guatemala Sat, Apr 3 National Holiday
2020 Guatemala Sat, Apr 11 National Holiday
2019 Guatemala Sat, Apr 20 National Holiday
2018 Guatemala Sat, Mar 31 National Holiday
2017 Guatemala Sat, Apr 15 National Holiday
  Summary
Day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. Commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb
  Holy Saturday in other countries
Holy Saturday internationally

When is Easter Saturday?

Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and may also be known as Easter Saturday, Black Saturday, White Saturday or Easter Eve.

Note that Easter Saturday can refer to the Saturday after Easter Sunday.

Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and in the Western church, it can fall between March 21st and April 24th.

History of Easter Saturday

This day, sometimes known as the Eve of Easter, marks the full day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb after his crucifixion on Good Friday and before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

It was a popular day for baptisms. Because of the solemnity of the day, few services are held on this day. However, rituals that can help with salvation for the dying such as baptism were allowed.

An Easter Vigil often takes place in the evening of Holy Saturday. Sometimes known as Paschal Vigil, this service is held as a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Vigil often begins with the church into darkness; all candles are put out on Maundy Thursday. 

The minister enters the church, bearing a Paschal candle (a special candle that symbolizes the body of Jesus), accompanied by the chant "The light of Christ" to which the assembly responds "Thanks be to God". After blessing the Paschal candle, the rest of the candles in the church are then lit from the Paschal candle, and the church is illuminated by light.


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