Holy Saturday in Eastern Christianity Date in the current year: April 30, 2016

Holy Saturday in Eastern Christianity Holy Saturday, also known as Great Saturday or Easter Eve, is the Saturday before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. In Orthodox Christianity, it is the last day of the Great Lent.

In Eastern Orthodoxy, Holy Saturday is also referred to as the Great Sabbath since it is on this day that Jesus Christ “rested” physically in his tomb after suffering on the cross. In the Coptic, Ethiopian, and Eritrean Orthodox Churches this feast is also called Joyous Saturday.

Matins (nighttime liturgy that ends at dawn) of Holy Saturday takes the form of a symbolic funeral service for Jesus Christ. It is followed by a procession around the outside of the building of the church. In the afternoon, the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great is celebrated. It is also customary to read the entire Acts of the Apostles in church.

In some states, Holy Saturday is officially proclaimed a public holiday. However, in many countries Saturday is a non-working day per se, and governments typically feel no need to declare Holy Saturday a state holiday.

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