Black Saturday in Philippines in 2024

Black Saturday in Philippines in 2024
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Day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. Commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb

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Black Saturday in Philippines

In the Philippines, this day is a special non-working day and is legally known in English as Black Saturday, marks the colour's role in mourning.

The Easter Triduum (a religious observance lasting three days), from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday, is considered a statutory holiday in the Philippines, and local television and most radio stations usually go off the air. Trading and businesses are closed.

Work stops with a half-day for Holy Wednesday to allow all Filipino workers to observe the solemn days leading to Easter, the most important day in the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas.

When is Holy Saturday?

Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday and may also be known as Black Saturday, White Saturday, Easter Eve, Vigil of Easter.

Note that it may also be called Easter Sunday, though from a religious perspective Easter Saturday is the Saturday after Easter Sunday.

Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and in the Western church, it can fall between March 21st and April 24th.

History of Holy Saturday

This day, sometimes known as the Eve of Easter, marks the full day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb after his crucifixion on Good Friday and before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Dating back to the early days of the Christian Church, this day was a popular day for baptisms. Because of the solemnity of the day, few services are held on this day. However, rituals that can help with salvation for the dying such as baptism were allowed. Some parts of the church such as the Anglicans still hold baptismal services on Holy Saturday.

A less common name for this day is the Descent into Hell, as in some Christian traditions it commemorates Jesus' descent into and victory over hell.

An Easter Vigil often takes place in the evening of Holy Saturday recalling the vigil that Jesus' followers observed after his crucifixion on Good Friday. Sometimes known as Paschal Vigil, this service is held as a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Vigil often begins with the church into darkness; all candles are put out on Maundy Thursday. 

The minister enters the church, bearing a Paschal candle (a special candle that symbolizes the body of Jesus), accompanied by the chant "The light of Christ" to which the assembly responds "Thanks be to God". After blessing the Paschal candle, the rest of the candles in the church are then lit from the Paschal candle, and the church is illuminated by light.

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