Holy Week 

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter and it is the beginning of Holy Week. . The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. It is also known as Branch

Sunday, Box Sunday, Yew Sunday, Olive Sunday, Willow Sunday, Flowers' Sunday, Pussy Willow Sunday, or Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. 

In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of blessed palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. In areas where Plams are not readilly available, other tree leaves are given (olive, box, willow, yew), and the day is either called Branch Sunday or named after the tree given.

In the Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the Eastern Catholic Churches which follow the Byzantine Rite, Palm Sunday is proceeded by and shares litergy with Lazarus Saturday.

In Hoegaarden, Belgium, A group of Twelve Apostles carries a wooden statue of Christ around the town, while children go door to door exchanging palms (or other branches) for coins.
In Bulgaria, Palm Sunday is known as Tsvetnitsa (tsvete is flower) or Vrabnitsa (varba is willow).
In Finland, it is popular for children to dress up as Easter witches and go door to door in neighborhoods and trade palms (or other branches) for coins and candy.
In Italy palm or olive branches are placed at the entrance of houses (usually above the door) to last until the next Palm Sunday (next year).
In Latvia, Palm Sunday is called "Pussy Willow Sunday", and pussy willows are blessed and distributed to the faithful.
In Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, Palm Sunday is known as Shaa'nineh in Arabic.  A statue of Christ on the donkey or the local priest mounted on horse process towards the local church with the church goesrs and their palms.
In Romania and Moldova, Palm Sunday is known as Duminica Floriilor or simply Florii (Flowers' Sunday).  

Palm Sunday is celebrated on...
2013 March 24th
2014 April 13th
2015 March 29th
2016 March 20th
2017 April 9th
2018 March 25th
2019 April 14th
2020 April 5th
2021 March 28th

 A Palm Sunday Joke

 Q: Mom's have Mother's Day, Father's have Father's Day, Couples have Valentines Day, What do single guys have?
A: Palm Sunday.

Holy Monday

Holy Monday is the Monday of Holy Week, it is a  Christian holiday that precedes the commemoration of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. It is the second day of Holy Week in Western Christianity, after Palm Sunday and the third day  of Holy Week in Eastern Christianity, after Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday.

Holy Monday is also known as Great and Holy Monday, or Great Monday. It commemorates the cursing of the

fig tree, the questioning of Jesus' authority, the Cleansing of the Temple and some parables as according to the New Testament. It is a day of Gospel in the Roman Catholic Church. In the Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches, Holy Monday commemorates the withering of the fruitless fig tree.

Holy Monday is celebrated on...
2013 March 25th
2014 April 14th
2015 March 30th
2016 March 21st
2017 April 10th
2018 March 26th
2019 April 15th
2020 April 6th
2021 March 29th

Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday is the Tuesday of Holy Week, it is a Christian holiday that precedes the commemoration of the death of Jesus. Holy Tuesday is also known as Great and Holy Tuesday

or Great Tuesday.   It is a day of gospel in the Roman Catholic Church.  In the Eastern Orthodox Church, and those Eastern Catholic Churches, Holy Tuesday commemorates the Parable of the Ten Virgins.

Holy Tuesday is celebrated on...
2013 March 26th
2014 April 15th
2015 March 31st
2016 March 22nd
2017 April 11th
2018 March 27th
2019 April 16th
2020 April 7th
2021 March 30th

Holy Wednesday

Holy Wednesday is a Christian Holiday, It is the Wednesday of Holy Week, the week before Easter. It is also referred to as Spy Wednesday (referring to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas for 30 silver coins) and Holy and Great Wednesday (Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches). It proceeds Maundy Thursday (or  Holy Thursday). The Day observes the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, the anointing of Jesus by the sinful

woman before his Crucifixion, and some believe Wednesday was the actual day Jesus was crucified (and was dead for 3 days).

In the Czech Republic, Holy Wednesday is traditionally called Ugly Wednesday, Soot-Sweeping Wednesday or Black Wednesday, because chimneys were cleaned on this day in preparation for Easter.

In Malta, Holy Wednesday is known as L-Erbgħa tat-Tnieber (Drums' Wednesday).

In Sweden, Norway, and Finland, Holy Wednesday is known as Dymmelonsdagen. A dymbil is a piece of wood that replaced the church bells on Holy Wednesday, to make a duller sound.

Holy Wednesday is celebrated on...
2013 March 27th
2014 April 16th
2015 April 1st
2016 March 23rd
2017 April 12th
2018 March 28th
2019 April 17th
2020 April 8th
2021 March 31st

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is also commonly referred to as Covenant Thursday, Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, Shere Thursday, Thursday before Easter, and Thursday of Mysteries. It is a Christian feast (holy day) falling  on the

Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, it follows Spy Wednesday and preceeds Good Friday.

The date is movable, it is the Thursday before Easter, the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere's vernal equinox. The Earliest date possible for Maundy Thursday is March 19th and the latest date is April 22nd.  The celebration can occur on different days depending on whether the Gregorian or Julian calendar is used. Eastern churches generally use the Julian calendar, in the 21st century, this would correspond to the range of April 1st through May 5th in the Gregorian calendar. 

Maundy Thursday is a public Holiday in Denmark, Colombia, Iceland, Norway, Paraguay, the Philippines, and (Most of) Spain.

In Bulgaria, Maundy Thursday is called Veliki Chetvurtuk (Great Thursday), it is a preparation day for Razpeti Petuk (Crucifixion Friday) Velika Subota (Great Saturday) and Velikden (Easter Day).
In the Czech Republic, Maundy Thursday is called Zelený čtvrtek (Green Thursday), Church bells are silent from this day until Holy Saturday
In Denmark, Maundy Thursday  is called Skærtorsdag, it is a public holiday.
In England, Maundy Thursday is celebrated with the King or Queen giving "alms" to deserving senior citizens (one man and one woman for each year of the sovereign's age). Until the death of King James II, the Monarch would also wash the feet of the selected poor people.
In Germany, Maundy Thursday is called Gründonnerstag (Mourning Thursday or Green Thursday), Hoher Donnerstag (High Thursday), Heiliger Donnerstag (Holy Thursday) or Weißer Donnerstag (White Thursday).
In Kerala, India, Saint Thomas Christians call this day as "Pesaha" or "Pesaha Yasashchya", it is an important Public holiday commemorating the last supper of Jesus Christ.
In Luxembourg, on Maundy Thursday the Church bells are also silent until Holy Saturday.
In Malta, Maundy Thursday is called  Ħamis ix-Xirka (Communion Thursday) it features is-seba' visti or is-Sepulkri (the visiting of seven churches).
In Norway, Maundy Thursday is called Skjærtorsdag, it is a public holiday.
In the Philippines, the majority of business establishments close from Holy (Maundy) Thursday to Black Saturday.
In Slovakia, Maundy Thursday is called Zelený štvrtok (Green Thursday), Church bells are also silent from this day until Holy Saturday
In Sweden, Maundy Thursday is called Skärtorsdagen, it is celebrated as the day of the witches. Children dress as witches and go door to door getting coins or candy in exchange for  easter eggs.
In Wales, Maundy Thursday is called Dydd Iau Cablyd.

Maundy Thursday is celebrated on...
2013 March 28th
2014 April 17th
2015 April 2nd
2016 March 24th
2017 April 13th
2018 March 29th
2019 April 18th
2020 April 9th
2021 April 1st 

Good Friday

Good Friday is a primarily christian religious holiday observing the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.  It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or (incorrectly) Easter Friday (friday of the next week is the proper Easter

Friday). Good Friday is the friday of Holy Week, part of the Paschal Triduum. It is a moveable holiday. It is always the Friday preceding Easter, or the friday before the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after March 21st. Good Friday is observed as a day of prayer and fasting.
Good Friday is a public holiday in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom (England and Wales), United States (11 states), and Venezuela.

In Bermuda, Good Friday is observed by flying Easter kites, symbolizing the ascention of Jesus into heaven.
In Bulgaria Good Friday is called Razpeti Petuk (Crucifixion Friday
In Canada, banks and government offices  and public sector businesses (except Quebec) are closed,
In Cuba, Good friday was observed as a public holiday for the first time in 2012 by personal request from Pope Benedict XVI to Castro.
In Hong Kong and Macau, all businesses and government offices are closed for a public holiday.
In India, Good Friday is a Central Government as well as a State Government holiday.
In Indonesia, Good Friday is a national holiday and all government offices, schools and some businesses and newspapers are closed by law.
In Ireland, Banks and public institutions are closed on this day and Alcohol is not sold, but it is not an official bank holiday .
In Malaysia, Good Friday is observed in the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
In Germany, Theatre performances and events which include public dancing are illegal on Good Friday.
In Malta, celebrations take place in all churches and processions in many different villages.
In The Philippines, the day is commemorated with street processions, Some engage in self-flagellation or even engage in a form of crucifiction as an expressions of penance.
In South Africa, government offices, schools and certain businesses are closed on Good Friday by law.
In the United States, Good Friday is a public hoiliday in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Guam, U.S. Virgin Island, and Puerto Rico.

In the Methodist Church, Good Friday is observed with a service of worship usually based on the Seven Last Words from the Cross.
In the Moravian Church, Good Friday is celebrated with a Love feast to strengthen harmony, goodwill, congeniality, and to forgive past disputes and instead love one another.

Good Friday is celebrated on...
2013 March 29th
2014 April 18th
2015 April 3rd
2016 March 25th
2017 April 14th
2018 March 30th
2019 April 19th
2020 April 10th
2021 April 2nd

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day after Good Friday, the last day of Holy Week and the last day of Lent, and the day before Easter Sunday. It a christian holiday observing the day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb. Holy

Saturday is also known as Easter Eve, Easter Even, Black Saturday, Holy and Great Saturday, Joyous Saturday, The Great Sabbath, and sometimes incorrectly as Easter Saturday (which is actually 1 week later).
Chritian Litergy dictates that Holy Saturday only lasts until 6pm or dusk, at which point the Easter Vigil is celebrated, marking the official end to Holy week and the official start of the Easter season.

In Bulgaria, Holy Saturday is called Velika Subota (Great Saturday)
In Check Republic, Holy Saturday is called White Saturday.
In Poland, Holy Saturday is observed with Święconka or "the blessing of the Easter baskets".
In Slovakia, Holy Saturday is called White Saturday.

In the Coptic Church, Ethiopian Church and Eritrean Orthodox Church, this day is known as Joyous Saturday, and celebrates the day Jesus raised those who were trapped in Hades up to Heaven.
In the Eastern Orthodoxy Church, Holy Saturday is known as as Holy and Great Saturday or The Great Sabbath sas this was the day Jesus "rested".

Holy Saturday is celebrated on...
2013 March 30th
2014 April 19th
2015 April 4th
2016 March 26th
2017 April 15th
2018 March 31st
2019 April 20th
2020 April 11th
2021 April 3rd

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