Orthodox Holy Saturday around the world in 2025

Orthodox Holy Saturday around the world in 2025
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  How long until Orthodox Holy Saturday?
Orthodox Holy Saturday
  Dates of Orthodox Holy Saturday around the world
2025 Various Apr 19
BulgariaSat, Apr 19National Holiday
GeorgiaSat, Apr 19National Holiday
GreeceSat, Apr 19National Holiday
SerbiaSat, Apr 19National Holiday
2024 Various May 4
BulgariaSat, May 4National Holiday
GeorgiaSat, May 4National Holiday
GreeceSat, May 4National Holiday
SerbiaSat, May 4National Holiday
2023 Various Apr 15
BulgariaSat, Apr 15National Holiday
GeorgiaSat, Apr 15National Holiday
GreeceSat, Apr 15National Holiday
SerbiaSat, Apr 15National Holiday
2022 Various Apr 23
BulgariaSat, Apr 23National Holiday
GeorgiaSat, Apr 23National Holiday
GreeceSat, Apr 23National Holiday
SerbiaSat, Apr 23National Holiday
2021 Various May 1
BulgariaSat, May 1National Holiday
GeorgiaSat, May 1National Holiday
GreeceSat, May 1National Holiday
SerbiaSat, May 1National Holiday

Orthodox Holy Saturday takes place on the Day before Orthodox Easter.

  Which countries observe Orthodox Holy Saturday in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
  BulgariaApr 19
  GeorgiaApr 19
  GreeceApr 19
  SerbiaApr 19

When is Orthodox Holy Saturday?

Orthodox Holy Saturday takes place on the day before Orthodox Easter.

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

Traditions of Orthodox Holy Saturday

In Eastern Orthodoxy the Saturday before Easter is known as Holy Saturday or Great Saturday.

It may also be called 'The Great Sabbath' since it is on this day that Christ "rested" physically in the tomb. But it is also believed that it was on this day he performed in spirit the Harrowing of Hell and raised up to Paradise, having liberated those who had been held captive.

In the Coptic, Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Churches, this day is known as Joyous Saturday, otherwise known as the night of light and joy.

Slavic Orthodox Christians bring baskets of food to the church for the Blessing of the Pascha (Easter) Baskets on Holy Saturday. The baskets are filled with the foods from which people have abstained during the Lenten fast and which will be part of the Pascha feast. 

Holy Saturday Service

Just before midnight, the church goes totally dark. After midnight, the church begins to glow up with candlelight as people light their candles from the candle of the person beside them and start chanting "Christos Anesti."

The traditional hymn for the Easter is also sung. Translated, it means "Christ is risen from the dead. By his death, he has trampled down death. To those in the tomb, he gave eternal life." This hymn is sung for some weeks after Easter for the duration of the church services.

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