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Orthodox Easter Monday in the United States

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, according to Christian belief. Many Orthodox Christian churches in the United States 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, Renewal Monday, or New Monday.

Easter composition
Beautifully decorated Easter eggs are often seen during the Orthodox Easter period.
Beautifully decorated Easter eggs are often seen during the Orthodox Easter period.
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What Do People Do?

Bright Monday liturgies are held for Orthodox Christians in many parts of the United States. These liturgies usually involve a gospel reading, which may be read in different languages. Some liturgies include priests sprinkling holy water, bell ringing, and a procession that involves children participating by holding religious icons.

Easter Monday is a relaxed day for many Orthodox Christians. For some, it is a reflection of the events that occurred during Holy Week. Easter Monday is a day to finish leftover Easter meals that were not eaten the day before.

Public Life

Orthodox Easter Monday is not a federal public holiday in the United States.


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 that are well established in the United States. Some of these churches include the Greek Hellenic Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, and the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian Orthodox Church in North America can be traced back to the late 18th century, where a Russian church was built on Kodiak Island in Alaska during that period. Alaska was previously part of Russia until the US government purchased the land. The number of Greek Orthodox churches grew as Greek immigration increased after the late 19th century in the United States.


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.

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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 States observe Easter Monday on the day after the Orthodox Easter Sunday date.

Orthodox Easter Monday 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Orthodox Easter Monday 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019


Name in other languages

Orthodox Easter MondayEnglish
Lunes de Pascua OrtodoxoSpanish
היום השני של פסחא אורתודוקסיHebrew
الأرثوذكسية عيد الفصحArabic
정교회 부활절 월요일Korean
Andre ortodoks påskedagNorwegian
Orthodoxer OstermontagGerman

Alternative name

Andre påskedag

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