Orthodox Easter Day around the world in 2020

Orthodox Easter Day around the world in 2020
  How long until Orthodox Easter Day?
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  Dates of Orthodox Easter Day around the world
2022 Various Apr 24
AlbaniaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 24Not A Public Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 24Regional Holiday
BulgariaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
EgyptSun, Apr 24National Holiday
EritreaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
EthiopiaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
KosovoSun, Apr 24National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 24National Holiday
MoldovaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
MontenegroSun, Apr 24National Holiday
North MacedoniaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
RomaniaSun, Apr 24Not A Public Holiday
SerbiaSun, Apr 24National Holiday
SudanSun, Apr 24National Holiday
UkraineSun, Apr 24National Holiday
2021 Various May 2
AlbaniaSun, May 2National Holiday
BelarusSun, May 2Not A Public Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, May 2Regional Holiday
BulgariaSun, May 2National Holiday
EgyptSun, May 2National Holiday
EritreaSun, May 2National Holiday
EthiopiaSun, May 2National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, May 2National Holiday
KosovoSun, May 2National Holiday
LebanonSun, May 2National Holiday
MoldovaSun, May 2National Holiday
MontenegroSun, May 2National Holiday
North MacedoniaSun, May 2National Holiday
RomaniaSun, May 2Not A Public Holiday
SerbiaSun, May 2National Holiday
SudanSun, May 2National Holiday
UkraineSun, May 2National Holiday
2020 Various Apr 19
AlbaniaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 19Not A Public Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 19Regional Holiday
BulgariaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
EgyptSun, Apr 19National Holiday
EritreaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
EthiopiaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
KosovoSun, Apr 19National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 19National Holiday
MoldovaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
MontenegroSun, Apr 19National Holiday
North MacedoniaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
RomaniaSun, Apr 19Not A Public Holiday
SerbiaSun, Apr 19National Holiday
SudanSun, Apr 19National Holiday
UkraineSun, Apr 19National Holiday
2019 Various Apr 28
AlbaniaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 28Not A Public Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 28Regional Holiday
BulgariaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
EgyptSun, Apr 28National Holiday
EritreaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
EthiopiaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
KosovoSun, Apr 28National Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 28National Holiday
MoldovaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
MontenegroSun, Apr 28National Holiday
North MacedoniaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
RomaniaSun, Apr 28Not A Public Holiday
SerbiaSun, Apr 28National Holiday
SudanSun, Apr 28National Holiday
UkraineSun, Apr 28National Holiday
2018 Various Apr 8, Apr 9
AlbaniaSun, Apr 8National Holiday
BelarusSun, Apr 8Not A Public Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Apr 8Regional Holiday
BulgariaSun, Apr 8National Holiday
EgyptSun, Apr 8National Holiday
EthiopiaSun, Apr 8National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Apr 8National Holiday
GreeceMon, Apr 9National Holiday
KosovoSun, Apr 8National Holiday
Lebanon Apr 8, Apr 9
LebanonMon, Apr 9Not A Public Holiday
LebanonSun, Apr 8National Holiday
Moldova Apr 8, Apr 9
MoldovaMon, Apr 9National Holiday
MoldovaSun, Apr 8National Holiday
Montenegro Apr 8, Apr 9
MontenegroMon, Apr 9National Holiday
MontenegroSun, Apr 8National Holiday
North MacedoniaSun, Apr 8National Holiday
RomaniaMon, Apr 9National Holiday
SerbiaSun, Apr 8National Holiday
SudanSun, Apr 8National Holiday
UkraineSun, Apr 8National Holiday
Easter depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar
  Which countries observe Orthodox Easter Day in 2020?
Albania  AlbaniaApr 19National Holiday
Belarus  BelarusApr 19Not A Public Holiday
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and HerzegovinaApr 19Regional Holiday
Bulgaria  BulgariaApr 19National Holiday
Egypt  EgyptApr 19National Holiday
Eritrea  EritreaApr 19National Holiday
Ethiopia  EthiopiaApr 19National Holiday
Georgia  GeorgiaApr 19National Holiday
Kosovo  KosovoApr 19National Holiday
Lebanon  LebanonApr 19National Holiday
Moldova  MoldovaApr 19National Holiday
Montenegro  MontenegroApr 19National Holiday
North Macedonia  North MacedoniaApr 19National Holiday
Romania  RomaniaApr 19Not A Public Holiday
Serbia  SerbiaApr 19National Holiday
Sudan  SudanApr 19National Holiday
Ukraine  UkraineApr 19National Holiday

When is Orthodox Easter?

Orthodox Easter, also called Greek Easter is the principal festival of the Orthodox Church.

In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed following his death by crucifixion on the Friday before.

It signifies the end of the 40 days of Lent, meaning Christians who gave up something during lent to signify Jesus' time in the wilderness, can indulge themselves again.

In Egypt, Coptic Easter Monday is celebrated on the same day as Orthodox Easter Monday. The day forms part of a wider spring festival called 'Sham El Nessim' and is a national holiday.

The date is different from Western Easter as the other Christian Churches base the date of calculating Easter on the Gregorian calendar, but the Eastern Orthodox Church still uses the earlier Julian calendar for calculating the dates of festivals, which also includes Easter.

Why is it called Easter?

The name Easter is derived from 'Ostara' or 'Eostre', a pagan goddess of fertility, whose feast was celebrated on the Vernal Equinox. The word East is also derived from her names, as is Oestrogen, the female hormone.

However, In most languages other than English and German, the holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked.

Easter depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar. The Orthodox church uses the Julian calendar for the calculation of Easter, whereas the Western churches use the Gregorian calendar. This difference can often mean that Orthodox Easter falls later than Easter observed elsewhere. The earliest date it can fall is 4 April and the latest is 8 May.

Easter traditions

Easter Eggs

Modern Easter celebrations revolve around eggs. They may be painted, rolled down hills or eaten if they are of the chocolate variety. The Christian tradition of egg is aid to represent rebirth and resurrection - new life being born from the egg. It's also been said that egg recalls the shape of the stone that rolled away on Easter Sunday form the tomb that held Jesus' body.

This egg tradition is almost certainly a distillation of a much older pagan custom celebrating spring. The ancient Persians celebrated their new year at the time of the vernal equinox by painting eggs.

Its adoption into the Christian traditions would have been quite seamless, as eggs were banned during the period of Lent preceding Easter.

The custom of decorating eggs is perhaps most famous in the Ukraine. Known as Pysanky eggs, they are painted when raw as the uncooked egg shell absorbs the coloured dye better than when cooked.

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