Orthodox New Year 2017: When Is Orthodox New Year? Dates & Details πŸ—“

What day is Orthodox New Year on? Orthodox New Year 2017 is observed on a Saturday in January. In 2016, it was on a Thursday and Orthodox New Year in 2018 is on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

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

Many Orthodox Christian Americans celebrate the New Year on January 1 in the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the more widely used Gregorian calendar. This date falls on or near January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

When is Orthodox New Year 2017? This year Orthodox New Year is on Saturday, January 14, 2017.


Many Orthodox Christian churches in countries such as the United States celebrate New Year’s Day on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

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

Is Orthodox New Year a federal holiday?

No, Orthodox New Year 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 New Year a national holiday?

Orthodox New Year’s Day falls on or near January 14. It is not a federal public holiday in the United States. However, parking and traffic around some Orthodox Christian churches where special New Year liturgies are held may be busy around this time of the year. Orthodox New Year 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 New Year 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 New Year?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Orthodox New Year. 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 New Year?

Orthodox New Year 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 New Year?

On Orthodox New Year, 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 New Year 2017

Holiday: Orthodox New Year
Date: January 14, 2017
Weekday: Saturday
Holiday Type: Orthodox
Orthodox New Year 2018: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Orthodox New Year 2019: Monday, January 14, 2019
Orthodox New Year 2020: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

History & Origin

The Orthodox New Year is widely known as the Old New Year. It is marked as January 1 in the Julian calendar, which was used before the Gregorian calendar. The Orthodox New Year does not remain static in the Gregorian calendar because there are shifts between the Julian and Gregorian calendars over time. For example, the Old New Year falls on January 14 between 1901 and 2100 but it will move again in time if the Julian calendar is still used.

The Julian calendar was revised in 1923 and this version is more in line with the Gregorian calendar. Some Orthodox churches follow the revised Julian calendar but many Orthodox churches still follow the more traditional Julian calendar, which has the original dates for Christian observances prior to the Gregorian calendar’s introduction.

How To Celebrate Orthodox New Year

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States observe the New Year based on January 1 in the Julian calendar. This calendar is older than the Gregorian calendar, which is used more widely in many countries. Therefore the Orthodox Christian New Year date falls on or around January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

Orthodox New Year celebrations include dinner dances and traditional buffets among Orthodox Christian communities in the United States. Many of the Orthodox New Year traditions linked with these celebrations were brought over from other parts of the world, including eastern Europe, to the United States. Many Americans of Orthodox Christian faith also attend special New Year’s Day liturgies at their churches.

How To Say Orthodox New Year in:

Spanish: AΓ±o Nuevo Ortodoxo
Norwegian: Ortodoks nyttΓ₯r
German: Orthodoxes Neujahr

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