Orthodox Holy Saturday 2017: When Is Orthodox Holy Saturday? Dates & Details πŸ—“

What day is Orthodox Holy Saturday on? Orthodox Holy Saturday 2017 is observed on a Saturday in April. In 2016, it was on a Saturday and Orthodox Holy Saturday in 2018 is on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

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

Holy Saturday is the day when Jesus lay in his tomb after his death, according to Christian belief. Many Orthodox Christian churches in the United States often observe Holy Saturday at a later date than the Holy Saturday date observed by many western churches. Holy Saturday is also known as Holy and Great Saturday.

When is Orthodox Holy Saturday 2017? This year Orthodox Holy Saturday is on Saturday, April 15, 2017.


Many Orthodox Christians in the United States remember Jesus Christ’s burial and his descent into Hades on Holy Saturday.

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

Is Orthodox Holy Saturday a federal holiday?

No, Orthodox Holy Saturday 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 Holy Saturday a national holiday?

The Christian Orthodox date for Holy Saturday is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Orthodox Holy Saturday 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 Holy Saturday 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 Holy Saturday?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Orthodox Holy Saturday. 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 Holy Saturday?

Orthodox Holy Saturday 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 Holy Saturday?

On Orthodox Holy Saturday, 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 Holy Saturday 2017

Holiday: Orthodox Holy Saturday
Date: April 15, 2017
Weekday: Saturday
Holiday Type: Orthodox
Orthodox Holy Saturday 2018: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Orthodox Holy Saturday 2019: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Orthodox Holy Saturday 2020: Saturday, April 18, 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 Holy Saturday, are “moveable feasts” as these dates change according to calendar calculations. Holy Saturday is the day between Jesus’ death and his resurrection.

There are different types of Orthodox churches that are well established in the United States. Some of these churches include 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 Holy Saturday

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States view Holy Saturday as the day of watchful expectation. The mourning period wanes and people wait for Easter Sunday, the day when Jesus was resurrected. Holy Communion can be received on Holy Saturday in some Orthodox churches in the United States.

Some churches hold a midnight liturgy between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. The liturgy usually starts out in darkness, representing the tomb’s darkness, before candles are lit. It is customary in many churches for the clergy and congregation to hold candles as they sing. This practices stems from ancient Christian burial rituals.

How To Say Orthodox Holy Saturday in:

Spanish: Ortodoxa SΓ‘bado Santo
Norwegian: Ortodoks pΓ₯skeaften
German: Orthodoxer Karsamstag

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