Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day around the world in 2021

Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day around the world in 2021

  How long until Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day?
This holiday next takes place in 289 days.
  Dates of Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day around the world
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
2020 Various May 24, May 25
Bulgaria May 24, May 25
BulgariaMon, May 25National Holiday (in lieu)
BulgariaSun, May 24National Holiday
North Macedonia May 24, May 25
North MacedoniaMon, May 25National Holiday (in lieu)
North MacedoniaSun, May 24National Holiday
2019 Various May 24
BulgariaFri, May 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaFri, May 24National Holiday
2018 Various May 24
BulgariaThu, May 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaThu, May 24National Holiday
  Summary
Slavic missionaries Cyril (Constantine) and Metod (Methodius) came to Great Moravia
  Which countries observe Orthodox St Cyril and Methodius Day in 2021?
  BulgariaMay 24National Holiday
  North MacedoniaMay 24National Holiday

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

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.

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

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