Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day around the world in 2025

Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day around the world in 2025
  How long until Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day?
Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day
  Dates of Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day around the world
2025 Various May 24, May 26
Bulgaria May 24, May 26
BulgariaMon, May 26National Holiday (in lieu)
BulgariaSat, May 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaSat, May 24National Holiday
2024 Various May 24
BulgariaFri, May 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaFri, May 24National Holiday
2023 Various May 24
BulgariaWed, May 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaWed, May 24National Holiday
2022 Various May 24
BulgariaTue, May 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaTue, May 24National Holiday
2021 Various May 24
BulgariaMon, May 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, May 24National Holiday

Slavic missionaries Cyril (Constantine) and Metod (Methodius) came to Great Moravia

  Which countries observe Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  BulgariaMay 24
  BulgariaMay 26 (in lieu)

When is Saints Cyril and Methodius Day?

In Bulgaria, this day is known as 'Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day', 'Culture and Literacy Day' or 'Alphabet Day' and is celebrated following the Orthodox calendar on May 24th.

It is also a public holiday in North Macedonia on May 24th.

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 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.

Both brothers are venerated in the Orthodox Church as saints with the title of "equal-to-apostles".

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