Orthodox Good Friday 2017: When Is Orthodox Good Friday? Dates & Details 🗓

What day is Orthodox Good Friday on? Orthodox Good Friday 2017 is observed on a Friday in April. In 2016, it was on a Friday and Orthodox Good Friday in 2018 is on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Countdown to Orthodox Good Friday 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

Orthodox Christian churches in the United States generally observe Good Friday at a later date than the Good Friday date observed by many western churches. Good Friday focuses on Jesus Christ’s death, which is described in the Christian bible. The day is also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday, and Holy and Great Friday.

When is Orthodox Good Friday 2017? This year Orthodox Good Friday is on Friday, April 14, 2017.

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Many Orthodox Christians in the United States remember the events leading up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Great Friday.

Below you will find all the details for Orthodox Good Friday 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Orthodox Good Friday a federal holiday?

No, Orthodox Good Friday is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Orthodox Good Friday a national holiday?

Great Friday is not a federal public holiday in the United States. However parking conditions may be affected near churches where Great Friday liturgies are held, particularly in busy urban areas. Orthodox Good Friday is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Orthodox Good Friday a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).


Does the mail run on Orthodox Good Friday?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Orthodox Good Friday. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Orthodox Good Friday?

Orthodox Good Friday is a Orthodox holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Orthodox Good Friday?

On Orthodox Good Friday, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Orthodox Good Friday 2017

Holiday: Orthodox Good Friday
Date: April 14, 2017
Weekday: Friday
Holiday Type: Orthodox
Orthodox Good Friday 2018: Friday, April 6, 2018
Orthodox Good Friday 2019: Friday, April 26, 2019
Orthodox Good Friday 2020: Friday, April 17, 2020

History & Origin

Many Orthodox churches retained the Julian calendar after the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Europe in 1582. Therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches. Easter holidays, such as Good Friday, are “moveable feasts” as these dates change according to calendar calculations.

There are different types of Orthodox churches that are well-established in the United States, including the Greek Hellenic Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, and the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian Orthodox Church in North America can be traced back to the late 18th century, where a Russian church was built on Kodiak Island in Alaska during that period. Alaska was previously part of Russia until the United States bought the land. The number of Greek Orthodox churches grew as Greek immigration increased after the late 19th century in the United States.

How To Celebrate Orthodox Good Friday

Great Friday is a strict day of fasting for many Greek Orthodox Christians in the United States. Some Orthodox churches begin observing Holy Friday on Thursday night where the liturgy’s main feature is the reading of 12 sections from the gospels, all of which are accounts of Jesus Christ’s passion. Other churches may have a Good Friday liturgy in the evening. Some priests remove icons of Jesus from crosses and wrap them in linen to reenact ancient burial rites.

Some Orthodox Bulgarian churches have special traditions, which include allowing people to pass under a table in the middle of the church and light a candle after the church bell rings. This ritual is believed to wash away one’s sins. Many families of the Orthodox Christian faith may spend time on Great Friday to decorate Easter eggs as part of the Easter preparations.

How To Say Orthodox Good Friday in:

Spanish: Viernes Santo Ortodoxo
Norwegian: Ortodoks langfredag
German: Orthodoxer Karfreitag

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