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Orthodox Easter Monday in Canada

Quick Facts

Many Orthodox churches in Canada observe Easter Monday on the day after the Orthodox Easter Sunday date.

Local names

NameLanguage
Orthodox Easter MondayEnglish
Lundi de Pâques OrthodoxeFrench
Orthodoxer OstermontagGerman

Orthodox Easter Monday 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Orthodox Easter Monday 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015
List of dates for other years

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, according to Christian belief. Many Orthodox Christian churches in Canada often observe Easter Monday at a later date than the Easter Monday date observed by many western churches. The day is also known as Bright Monday.

Easter composition

Beautifully decorated eggs, including those that are dyed red to symbolize Jesus Christ's blood, are seen during the Orthodox Easter period.

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What do people do?

Bright Monday is a day of reflection for many Orthodox Christians in Canada. Many people reflect on the events that occurred during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. Easter Monday is a day to finish leftover Easter meals that were not eaten the day before. Some Orthodox Christian churches have special Bright Monday liturgies in Canada.

Some public service offices in Canada may allow for their employees to have up to two days of paid leave to observe holy days such as the Orthodox Easter Monday. This policy may apply to people who are members of selected Orthodox Christian churches, including the Greek Orthodox Church, the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Romanian St George Orthodox Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church.  

Public life

Orthodox Easter Monday is not a federal public holiday in Canada.

Background

Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period often (but not always) occurs at a different date compared with the Easter date observed by many western churches, which falls after the time of the March equinox.

The term orthodox, derived from Greek, means “right teaching” or “right worship”, according to the National Defence and the Canadian Forces.  The eastern Christian churches’ gradual adoption of the term reflects their view of the correctness of their position in doctrinal differences with the Roman Catholic Church.

There are different types of Orthodox churches across Canada. Greek Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, and Russian Orthodox churches spread in Canada as a result of immigration over the years.  Other Eastern Orthodox churches include the Armenian Orthodox Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Symbols

Easter eggs are often dyed red to symbolize the Jesus Christ’s blood. It was an important symbol connected with spring fertility rituals in many early civilizations. Another important symbol associated with Easter is the lamb. It is often depicted with a banner that bears a cross, and it is known as the Agnus Dei, meaning "Lamb of God" in Latin.

About Orthodox Easter Monday in other countries

Read more about Orthodox Easter Monday.

Orthodox Easter Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 161990Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 81991Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 271992Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 191993Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 21994Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 241995Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 151996Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 281997Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 201998Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 121999Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 12000Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 162001Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 62002Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 282003Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 122004Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 22005Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 242006Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 92007Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 282008Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 202009Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 52010Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 252011Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 162012Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 62013Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 212014Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 132015Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonMay 22016Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 172017Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 92018Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 292019Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 
MonApr 202020Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox 

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