Orthodox Epiphany around the world in 2025

Orthodox Epiphany around the world in 2025
  How long until Orthodox Epiphany?
Orthodox Epiphany
  Dates of Orthodox Epiphany around the world
2025 Various Jan 19
EritreaSun, Jan 19National Holiday
EthiopiaSun, Jan 19National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Jan 19National Holiday
2024 Various Jan 19, Jan 20
EritreaSat, Jan 20National Holiday
EthiopiaSat, Jan 20National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Jan 19National Holiday
2023 Various Jan 19
EritreaThu, Jan 19National Holiday
EthiopiaThu, Jan 19National Holiday
GeorgiaThu, Jan 19National Holiday
2022 Various Jan 19
EritreaWed, Jan 19National Holiday
EthiopiaWed, Jan 19National Holiday
GeorgiaWed, Jan 19National Holiday
2021 Various Jan 19
EritreaTue, Jan 19National Holiday
EthiopiaTue, Jan 19National Holiday
GeorgiaTue, Jan 19National Holiday

In the Orthodox tradition, Epiphany is the day that Jesus was baptised

  Which countries observe Orthodox Epiphany in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
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When is Orthodox Epiphany?

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19th.

Epiphany is one of three major Orthodox Christian celebrations along with Christmas and Easter.

In the Orthodox Church, Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi (Three wise men) which is celebrated on 6 January as Epiphany in the Western Church.

Also known as The Feast of Theophany, this observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan, beginning of Christ's ministry on earth and revealing the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to mankind. Though no date for the baptism is given, it is generally accepted that Jesus was about 30 years old when he was baptised.

Did you know?

In Russia, an increasingly popular tradition is going for a plunge in icy water on either Epiphany or the evening before. In 2018, some 1.8 million people took part in more than 7,300 ice swimming events. Though ice swimming was orignally a folk custom, many do it today to celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ. 

In Ukarine, brave and dedicated celebrants must find a suitable place to cut a cross-shaped hole in the ice over a river or pond – then jump in.

Despite the baptism of Jesus not being part of the nativity of Jesus, The Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season.

Epiphany is derived from the Greek word 'epiphaneia' and means manifestation. In religious use, the term means the appearance of an invisible divine being in a visible form.

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