Easter Monday in Eastern Christianity Date in the current year: May 2, 2016

Easter Monday in Eastern Christianity Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday which is celebrated as a holiday in some countries populated predominantly by Christians. In Eastern Christianity, it is the first day of the so-called Bright Week.

In the Eastern Churches which follow the Byzantine Rite, the Monday after Easter is referred to as Bright Monday or Renewal Monday. The services on this day are similar to those of Easter Sunday and vary greatly from the services during the rest of the year. For example, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Bright Monday, followed by an outdoor procession around the church.

In Western Ukraine, this day is sometimes referred as Wet Monday. It used to be a folk festival when boys threw water over girls they liked. Sometimes, girls would even be dragged to a nearby pond or river and thrown into water.

Girls had a chance to save themselves from drenching by giving boys painted Easter eggs. Besides, they could get their revenge and soak the boys on Easter Tuesday. However, in many regions both girls and boys threw water over each other on Wet Monday. Similar traditions exist in Poland and some other Slavonic countries.

In some countries, Easter Monday is a public holiday and official non-working day.

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