Orthodox Good Friday in Canada
Many Orthodox Christian churches in Canada often observe Good Friday at a later date than the Good Friday date observed by many western churches. Good Friday focuses on Jesus Christ’s death, which is described in the Christian bible. The day is also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday, and Holy and Great Friday.
What Do People Do?
Great Friday is a strict day of fasting for many Orthodox Christians in Canada. Some Orthodox churches may have a Good Friday liturgy in the afternoons or evenings and may include processions. Some priests remove icons of Jesus from crosses and wrap them in linen to reenact ancient burial rites. Some women also wear head coverings during the Holy Friday liturgies. Many families of the Orthodox Christian faith may spend time on Great Friday to decorate Easter eggs as part of the Easter preparations.
Great Friday is not a federal public holiday in Canada. However parking conditions may be affected near churches where Great Friday liturgies are held, particularly in busy urban areas.
Many Orthodox churches retained the Julian calendar after the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Europe in 1582. Therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches. Easter holidays, such as Good Friday, are “moveable feasts” as these dates change according to calendar calculations.
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.
Many Orthodox Christian families prepare Easter eggs, which are beautifully decorated and often dyed red to symbolize the Jesus Christ’s blood.
About Orthodox Good Friday in other countriesRead more about Orthodox Good Friday.
Orthodox Good Friday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Fri||Apr 2||2010||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 22||2011||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 13||2012||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||May 3||2013||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 18||2014||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 10||2015||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 29||2016||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 14||2017||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 6||2018||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 26||2019||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 17||2020||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
Quick FactsMany Orthodox Christians in Canada remember the events leading up to Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Great Friday.
Orthodox Good Friday 2016Friday, April 29, 2016
Orthodox Good Friday 2017Friday, April 14, 2017
Name in other languages
|Orthodox Good Friday||English|
|Le Vendredi Saint Orthodoxe||French|
- Orthodox Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 30, 2016
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
Other holidays in April 2016 in Canada
- National Tartan Day – Wednesday, April 6, 2016
- Vimy Ridge Day – Saturday, April 9, 2016
- First day of Passover – Saturday, April 23, 2016
- St. George's Day – Monday, April 25, 2016
- Last day of Passover – Saturday, April 30, 2016