Orthodox Holy Saturday in Serbia in 2020

Orthodox Holy Saturday in Serbia in 2020
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  How long until Orthodox Holy Saturday?
This holiday next takes place in 272 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Holy Saturday in Serbia
2021Serbia Sat, May 1National Holiday
2020Serbia Sat, Apr 18National Holiday
2019Serbia Sat, Apr 27National Holiday
2018Serbia Sat, Apr 7National Holiday
2017Serbia Sat, Apr 15National Holiday
  Summary
Orthodox Holy Saturday takes place on the Day before Orthodox Easter.
  Orthodox Holy Saturday in other countries
Orthodox Holy Saturday internationally

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.

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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