Home > Calendar > Holidays > United Kingdom > Orthodox Easter Monday

Orthodox Easter Monday in United Kingdom

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, according to Christian belief. Many Orthodox Christian churches in the United Kingdom 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 among many Orthodox Christians.

Easter composition
Beautifully decorated eggs, often dyed in red to symbolize Jesus Christ's blood, are seen during the Orthodox Easter period.
Beautifully decorated eggs, often dyed in red to symbolize Jesus Christ's blood, are seen during the Orthodox Easter period.
©iStockphoto.com/ vaskoni

What Do People Do?

Bright Monday is a day of reflection for many Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom. Many people reflect on the events that occurred during Holy Week prior to 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 the United Kingdom.

Public Life

Orthodox Easter Monday is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

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.

There are different types of Orthodox churches in the United Kingdom, including the Greek Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Congregation numbers have grown in these churches due to immigration. Many Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom are immigrants or descendents of immigrants from countries such as Greece, Romania and Russia.

It is believed that Greek immigrants started arriving in London during the late 17th century. The United Kingdom experienced a surge of immigrants, especially from Greece and Russia, during the 20th century. They brought with them their customs, traditions, and religious observances.

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 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 

Quick Facts

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

Orthodox Easter Monday 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Orthodox Easter Monday 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Advertising

Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Orthodox Easter MondayEnglish
Annen påskedagNorwegian

Alternative name

Andre påskedag

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in May 2016 in United Kingdom

You might also like

2016 Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminids meteor shower can be seen from December 4-17. In 2016, the shower will reach its maximum around December 13. Find out where, when and how you can see it. more

Perseid Meteor Shower

The 2016 Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12 and 13. A waxing gibbous Moon will make it harder for observers to watch the meteor shower. more

What is a Black Moon?

It can be the 3rd New Moon in a season of 4 New Moons or the second New Moon in a calendar month. The next Black Moon is in October 2016. more