Orthodox Easter 2014
Orthodox Easter 2014 Celebration
Also known as Orthodox Pascha, Orthodox Easter is when the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated by all Orthodox Christians worldwide. It is celebrated according to the lunar calendar, on the Third Sunday in the Paschal month. The lunar calendar is based on the Julian calendar by Orthodox Christians.
When is Orthodox Easter 2014 ?
According to the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Easter falls on a Sunday, sometime between April and May. In 2013, Orthodox Easter will fall on Sunday May 5th and in 2014 it will fall on Sunday April 20th.
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Origin of Orthodox Easter
Both the Orthodox Easter and the common Easter celebrations serve the same purpose of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his death. Orthodox Christians base their Easter on the Julian calendar, which throws their Easter much later than the Gregorian calendar does even though the Gregorian calendar is used in many countries.
Orthodox Easter Celebration
Orthodox Easter is celebrated as a public holiday because of the importance Orthodox Christians place on this day. Countries like Greece and Russia celebrate this day as a public holiday and give most employees the day off as well as most businesses, government offices and schools are also closed. Russian traditions include laying Easter eggs colorfully decorated along with sweet communion bread or Easter bread on the graves of their relatives. They do this because Easter Bread and Easter eggs along with lamb are special Easter dishes.
Happy Orthodox Easter 2014