Orthodox Easter Monday around the world in 2020

Orthodox Easter Monday around the world in 2020
  How long until Orthodox Easter Monday?
This holiday next takes place in 216 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Easter Monday around the world
2021 Various May 3
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMon, May 3Regional Holiday
BulgariaMon, May 3National Holiday
CyprusMon, May 3National Holiday
GeorgiaMon, May 3National Holiday
GreeceMon, May 3National Holiday
KosovoMon, May 3National Holiday
MoldovaMon, May 3National Holiday
MontenegroMon, May 3National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, May 3National Holiday
RomaniaMon, May 3National Holiday
SerbiaMon, May 3National Holiday
UkraineMon, May 3National Holiday
2020 Various Apr 20
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMon, Apr 20Regional Holiday
BulgariaMon, Apr 20National Holiday
CyprusMon, Apr 20National Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Apr 20National Holiday
GreeceMon, Apr 20National Holiday
KosovoMon, Apr 20National Holiday
LebanonMon, Apr 20Government Holiday
MoldovaMon, Apr 20National Holiday
MontenegroMon, Apr 20National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, Apr 20National Holiday
RomaniaMon, Apr 20National Holiday
SerbiaMon, Apr 20National Holiday
UkraineMon, Apr 20National Holiday
2019 Various Apr 29
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMon, Apr 29Regional Holiday
BulgariaMon, Apr 29National Holiday
CyprusMon, Apr 29National Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Apr 29National Holiday
GreeceMon, Apr 29National Holiday
KosovoMon, Apr 29National Holiday
MoldovaMon, Apr 29National Holiday
MontenegroMon, Apr 29National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, Apr 29National Holiday
RomaniaMon, Apr 29National Holiday
SerbiaMon, Apr 29National Holiday
UkraineMon, Apr 29National Holiday
2018 Various Apr 7, Apr 9
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMon, Apr 9Regional Holiday
BulgariaMon, Apr 9National Holiday
CyprusMon, Apr 9National Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Apr 9National Holiday
KosovoSat, Apr 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, Apr 9National Holiday
SerbiaMon, Apr 9National Holiday
UkraineMon, Apr 9National Holiday
2017 Various Apr 17
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
BulgariaMon, Apr 17National Holiday
CyprusMon, Apr 17National Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Apr 17National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, Apr 17National Holiday
SerbiaMon, Apr 17National Holiday
UkraineMon, Apr 17National Holiday
  Summary
The Orthodox church uses the Julian calendar for the calculation of Easter, which can often mean that Orthodox Easter falls later than Easter observed elsewhere
  Which countries observe Orthodox Easter Monday in 2020?
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and HerzegovinaApr 20Regional Holiday
Bulgaria  BulgariaApr 20National Holiday
Cyprus  CyprusApr 20National Holiday
Georgia  GeorgiaApr 20National Holiday
Greece  GreeceApr 20National Holiday
Kosovo  KosovoApr 20National Holiday
Lebanon  LebanonApr 20Government Holiday
Moldova  MoldovaApr 20National Holiday
Montenegro  MontenegroApr 20National Holiday
North Macedonia  North MacedoniaApr 20National Holiday
Romania  RomaniaApr 20National Holiday
Serbia  SerbiaApr 20National Holiday
Ukraine  UkraineApr 20National Holiday

When is Orthodox Easter Monday?

Easter is the principal festival of Greece and 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.

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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