Orthodox Good Friday around the world in 2020

Orthodox Good Friday around the world in 2020
  How long until Orthodox Good Friday?
This holiday next takes place in 305 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Good Friday around the world
2021VariousApr 30
CyprusFri, Apr 30National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Apr 30National Holiday
GreeceFri, Apr 30National Holiday
2020VariousApr 17
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Apr 17Regional Holiday
BulgariaFri, Apr 17National Holiday
CyprusFri, Apr 17National Holiday
EritreaFri, Apr 17National Holiday
EthiopiaFri, Apr 17National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Apr 17National Holiday
GreeceFri, Apr 17National Holiday
LebanonFri, Apr 17National Holiday
MontenegroFri, Apr 17National Holiday
RomaniaFri, Apr 17National Holiday
SerbiaFri, Apr 17National Holiday
2019VariousApr 26
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Apr 26Regional Holiday
BulgariaFri, Apr 26National Holiday
CyprusFri, Apr 26National Holiday
EritreaFri, Apr 26National Holiday
EthiopiaFri, Apr 26National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Apr 26National Holiday
GreeceFri, Apr 26National Holiday
LebanonFri, Apr 26National Holiday
MontenegroFri, Apr 26National Holiday
RomaniaFri, Apr 26National Holiday
SerbiaFri, Apr 26National Holiday
2018VariousApr 6
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Apr 6Regional Holiday
BulgariaFri, Apr 6National Holiday
CyprusFri, Apr 6National Holiday
EthiopiaFri, Apr 6National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Apr 6National Holiday
GreeceFri, Apr 6National Holiday
LebanonFri, Apr 6National Holiday
MontenegroFri, Apr 6National Holiday
RomaniaFri, Apr 6National Holiday
SerbiaFri, Apr 6National Holiday
2017VariousApr 14
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
BulgariaFri, Apr 14National Holiday
CyprusFri, Apr 14National Holiday
EthiopiaFri, Apr 14National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Apr 14National Holiday
GreeceFri, Apr 14National Holiday
LebanonFri, Apr 14National Holiday
MontenegroFri, Apr 14National Holiday
SerbiaFri, Apr 14National Holiday
  Summary
Easter is the principal festival of Greece and the Orthodox Church
  Which countries observe Orthodox Good Friday in 2020?
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and HerzegovinaApr 17Regional Holiday
Bulgaria  BulgariaApr 17National Holiday
Cyprus  CyprusApr 17National Holiday
Eritrea  EritreaApr 17National Holiday
Ethiopia  EthiopiaApr 17National Holiday
Georgia  GeorgiaApr 17National Holiday
Greece  GreeceApr 17National Holiday
Lebanon  LebanonApr 17National Holiday
Montenegro  MontenegroApr 17National Holiday
Romania  RomaniaApr 17National Holiday
Serbia  SerbiaApr 17National Holiday

When is Orthodox Good Friday?

Orthodox Good Friday takes place on the Friday before Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Easter is the principal festival of Greece and the Orthodox Church.

Traditions of Orthodox Good Friday

The first ceremony takes place on Good Friday where the "Epitafios", an imitation of the Christ's funeral bier, is decorated with many flowers by the local women. The "Epitafios" is then paraded through the streets of the villages or the neighbourhoods of the cities.

In some areas of Greece such as Crete, the ceremony is also accompanied by the burning of effigies of Judas Iscariot.

A great celebration also takes places on the Saturday, for Christ's triumphant return. At the stroke of midnight, all the lights of the churches are put out to symbolise the darkness which enveloped Christ as He passed through the underworld. Then a priest appears holding aloft a lighted taper and chanting "Avto to Fos… "(This is the Light…) and uses the Holy flame to light the candles of nearby worshippers. These worshippers then share their Light with their neighbours, until the entire church and the courtyard is illuminated by the candlelight.

After midnight, the families and friends meet to eat the "Mayeretsa", a soup made from lamb tripe, rice, dill and lemon. The rest of the lamb will be roasted on Sunday morning for the lunch, with wines and dances.

This festival is of great importance across all of Greece but some place are notable for their Easter celebrations: Hydra, Corfu, Pyrgi on Chios, Olymbos on Karpathos and St John's monastery on Patmos.

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